U.S. Life Expectancy Now Beyond 78 Years According to 2009 CDC Report

By on Mar 17, 2011 in Health, Science, United States Comments

U.S. life expectancy is now estimated to go beyond 78 years, according to a preliminary report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Prevention.

Reports say that the new U.S. life expectancy of 78 years and 2 months was estimated from a baby born in 2009.

The new record continue to show the generally increasing trend in U.S. life expectancy since the 1940’s.

In 2008, the CDC reported a drop in the U.S. expectancy to 77 years and 11 months. However, the agency corrected the estimate to 78 years as officials admitted a computer program error that caused the wrong statistics.

Below are some of the notable facts about the CDC 2009 report.

  • Infant mortality rate has dropped to almost three percent compared to 2008. White babies however, live about four years longer than blacks.
  • Overall male life expectancy is estimated at 75½ , compared to female’s 80½.
  • Mortality rates went down on the leading causes of death.


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