Sumary of Life expectancy in the U.S. declined in 2020, especially among people of color:
- Americans are now expected to live an average of 77.3 years, down from 78.8 years in 2019, according the report released Wednesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
- Hispanics saw the biggest drop in life expectancy last year, followed by Black Americans.
- More than 609,000 Americans have died in the pandemic so far, roughly 375,000 of those lives were lost last year, according to the CDC.
- Life expectancy for American males declined 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020, while life expectancy for American women dropped by 1.2 years from 2019.”The difference in life expectancy between the sexes was 5.7 years in 2020, increasing from 5.1 in 2019,the report read.
- Hispanic Americans usually have a longer life expectancy than non-Hispanic Black or white folks, but life expectancy for Hispanics declined more than any other ethnic group last year, according to the report.
- The narrowing of the life expectancy gap between the white population and the Hispanic population “is a stark indicator of worsening health and mortality outcomes for a population that paradoxically has been, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, able to defy expectations consistent with its disadvantaged socioeconomic profile,” the report read.
- Black Americans experienced the second-largest decline in life expectancy with a drop of almost 3 years from 74.7 years in 2019 to 71.8 years in 2020, the lowest since 2000, according to the report.