Sumary of US life expectancy in 2020 saw biggest one-year drop since WWII:
- Life expectancy in the United States fell by 18 months in 2020 to 77.3 years, the lowest level since 2003, primarily due to the deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- “Life expectancy has been increasing gradually every year for the past several decades,” Elizabeth Arias, a CDC researcher who worked on the report, said.
- Other findings in the new CDC report:Hispanic Americans have longer life expectancy than white or Black Americans, but had the largest decline in 2020Black life expectancy dropped nearly three years, to 71 years and 10 months.
- It has not been that low since 2000White life expectancy fell by roughly 14 months to about 77 years and 7 months.
- That was the lowest life expectancy for that population since 2002Coronavirus was responsible for 90 per cent of the decline in life expectancy among Hispanic Americans, 68 per cent among white Americans and 59 per cent among Black Americans.
- Life expectancy for Black people fell by 2.9 years to 71.8 in 2020, the lowest level since 2000.Life expectancy for Hispanic males dropped 3.7 years to 75.3, the largest decline of any group.
- Disparity in life expectancy between men and women also widened in 2020, with women now expected to live 80.2 years, or 5.7 years longer than men — six months more than foreseen in 2019.Life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of years a baby born in a given year might expect to live.