Social Issues: Life Expectancy

The years of life expectancy for the United States population.
The years of life expectancy for the United States population.  

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Rate of Death Increases for 25-34 Year Olds
Published Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The data from the final Centers for Disease Control report on deaths in 2006 has concluded its analysis of the mortality patterns in 2006.  The data suggest a decline in the age-adjusted death rate to a record historical low, thus increasing life expectancy from 2005 to 2006.

The results show that there were 2,426,264 deaths in the US at an age-adjusted death rate of 776.5 deaths per 100,000 standard populations, a decrease of 2.8% from 2005 and a record low historical figure.  Life expectancy at birth rose 0.3 years from 77.4 years in 2005 to a record 77.7 years in 2006. Infant mortality rate in 2006 was 6.69 deaths per 1,000 live births.  Age-specific death rates increased for those aged 25-34 years, but decreased for: 5-14 years, 35-44 years, 45-54 years and beyond.  The 15 leading causes of death in 2006 remained the same as in 2005 with heart disease and cancer continuing to be the leading and second-leading causes of death, together accounting for almost half of all deaths.

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Center for Disease Control: Life Expectancy -
Life expectancy for Americans has reached an all-time high, according to the latest U.S. mortality statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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