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First Report on Hispanic Life Expectancy Released by CDC

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2010
Contact: CDC Media Relations
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CDC's National Center for Health Statistics has issued "United States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin," which provides life tables by Hispanic origin based on 2006 death rate data.

Life expectancy at birth for the total population in 2006 was 77.7 years; 80.6 years for the Hispanic population, 78.1 years for the non-Hispanic white population, and 72.9 years for the non-Hispanic black population.

The Hispanic population has a life expectancy advantage at birth of 2.5 years over the non-Hispanic white population and 7.7 years over the non-Hispanic black population. The reasons behind the lower mortality are not known.

The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs.

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