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Life expectancy gains in the United States, at age 65

Year

Life Expectancy

Gain over the past 10 years

1950

13.9

1960

14.3

0.4

1970

15.2

0.9

1980

16.4

1.2

1990

17.2

0.8

2000

18.0

0.8

2002

18.2

0.2*

*Gain over the past 2 years

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