Harvard Health Letter

Life expectancy gains in the United States, at birth

Year

Life expectancy

Gain over the past 10 years

1950

68.2

1960

69.7

1.5

1970

70.8

1.1

1980

73.7

2.9

1990

75.4

1.7

2000

77.0

1.6

2002

77.3

0.3*

*Gain over the past 2 years

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