U.S. Life Expectancy Statistics Chart by States
Synopsis: Chart of human lifespan expectancy statistics sorted by U.S. states, race, and ethnicity, including 1950-2022 historical American life expectancy table. Life expectancy, childhood survival, and pathology-specific numbers tend to be pretty atrocious in the United States - even among the insured - with Hawaii having the highest life expectancy, and Mississippi rated the lowest for lifespan years. Life expectancy in many places in this country (US) is declining. It's going backward instead of forward... Countries like Australia are far ahead of the U.S. in delivering preventive care and trying to curb harmful behaviors. Smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, and high blood pressure are all preventable risk factors.
- Longevity Vs. Life Expectancy
The term "longevity" is sometimes used as a synonym for "life expectancy" - however, the term "longevity" is sometimes meant to refer only to, especially long-lived members of a population, whereas "life expectancy" is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age.
By any statistic, the United States is far from the top regarding health stats. Life expectancy, childhood survival, and pathology-specific numbers around things like cancer survival, diabetes control, etc. tend to be pretty atrocious in the United States - even among the insured.
"Life expectancy in many places in this country (US) is declining. It's going backward instead of forward... Countries like Australia are far ahead of the U.S. in delivering preventive care and trying to curb harmful behaviors. Smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, and high blood pressure are all preventable risk factors" - (washingtonpost.com).
U.S. Life Expectancy Figures
UPDATE: (3rd September 2022), An updated analysis of American COVID-19 deaths throughout 2021 highlights a continued drop in overall U.S. life expectancy as well as persistent disparities by race and ethnicity. The study, published in PLOS ONE, indicates that U.S. life expectancy at birth decreased by 2.2 years from 78.8 in 2019 to 76.6 in 2021. Covid-19: U.S. life expectancy continued to decrease in 2021; study finds despite vaccination rollout, 2021 reductions in life expectancy appear to exceed those in 2020, and racial disparities have persisted - USC researchers. The estimated decrease in life expectancy for 2021 is 0.6 years larger than the decrease observed in 2020. Despite the availability of effective vaccines, life expectancy continued to decline in 2021. Part of this is due to the large number of COVID-19 deaths that occurred at the beginning of 2021 before many individuals were eligible for vaccination. But even once all adults became eligible for vaccination, many chose not to be vaccinated, and even vaccinated individuals were not completely protected against the highly transmissible Delta and Omicron variants.
Today, the life expectancy of someone born in the United States is 78.9 years. Overall, Hawaii is the U.S. state with the highest life expectancy, and the state of Mississippi is rated the lowest for lifespan years.
According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, 8 of 10 of the shortest lifespan states are also within the bottom 10 of average household income - these U.S. states are;
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
In addition, 6 of the ten longest-living U.S. states scored within the top 10 of average household income;
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
Listed below is a chart of United States states sorted by human lifespan expectancy and race/ethnicity. These statistics are taken from the Measure of America 2013–2014 third national human development report. The measure of America calculations uses mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics 2009, and population data from the CDC WONDER database.
|U.S. States Average Life Expectancy Age|
|Rank||State||Average||White||African American||Asian American||Latino||Native American|
|43||District of Columbia||76.5||84.3||71.6||-||-||-|
- In cases where there is no life expectancy estimate, the population of that group is too small to enable reliable estimates.
- Life expectancy values are rounded to within one decimal place. As a result, the values may appear tied in several instances, but the rankings reflect the original calculations, not the rounded values.
U.S. Life Expectancy 1950-2022
|United States 1950-2022 Historical Life Expectancy Data|
|Year||Life Expectancy||Growth Rate|
The aging of US baby boomers means that older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time within just a few decades. Between 2020 and 2050, the number of deaths is projected to rise substantially as the population ages and a significant share of the population, the baby boomers, ages into older adulthood. As a result, the population will naturally grow very slowly, leaving net international migration to overtake natural increase as the leading cause of population growth, even as projected levels of migration remain relatively constant - U.S. Seniors to Outnumber Children for the First Time.
Resources That Provide Relevant Information
- Average Life Span Expectancy Chart
- U.S. Life Expectancy Falls Behind Healthiest Nations
- United States Life Span Expectancy Lags Behind Many Countries
- American Life Expectancy Continues to Fall Behind Other Countries
- U.S. Turns to Holistic Healthcare as Life Expectancy Declines
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