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QuickStats: Life Expectancy at Birth, by Race and Sex --- United States, 2000--2009*

The figure above shows life expectancy at birth, by race and sex in the United States during 2000-2009. Life expectancy at birth increased gradually for white and black males and females from 2000 through 2009. During this period, life expectancy increased most for black males (2.7 years) and black females (2.3 years), but also for white males (1.5 years) and white females (1.0 years). Life expectancy reached a record high for white males and white females in 2009; for black males and black females it remained unchanged from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, white females had the longest life expectancy (80.9 years), followed by black females (77.4 years), white males (76.2 years), and black males (70.9 years).

* Based on preliminary data. Life expectancy for 2000--2009 calculated using a revised methodology; statistics might differ from those previously published.

Life expectancy at birth increased gradually for white and black males and females from 2000 through 2009. During this period, life expectancy increased most for black males (2.7 years) and black females (2.3 years) but also for white males (1.5 years) and white females (1.0 years). Life expectancy reached a record high for white males and white females in 2009; for black males and black females, it remained unchanged from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, white females had the longest life expectancy (80.9 years), followed by black females (77.4 years), white males (76.2 years), and black males (70.9 years).

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Mortality public use data files, 1999--2007, and preliminary data for 2008 and 2009.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows life expectancy at birth, by race and sex in the United States during 2000-2009. Life expectancy at birth increased gradually for white and black males and females from 2000 through 2009. During this period, life expectancy increased most for black males (2.7 years) and black females (2.3 years), but also for white males (1.5 years) and white females (1.0 years). Life expectancy reached a record high for white males and white females in 2009; for black males and black females it remained unchanged from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, white females had the longest life expectancy (80.9 years), followed by black females (77.4 years), white males (76.2 years), and black males (70.9 years).


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