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Life Expectancy at Birth, by Race* and Sex, 1970-2006

From 1970 to 2006, the life expectancy at birth (age in years) for:

  • White females steadily increased
  • Black females steadily increased (with a slight decline in the early 1990s)
  • White males steadily increased
  • Black males steadily increased (with a slight decline in the 1990s)
Life Expectancy at Birth, by Race and Sex, 2006
Year Age in Years
Black male White male Black female White female

*Both racial categories include Hispanics.

Source: Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: Final data for 2006. National vital statistics reports; vol 57 no 14. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009.

1970 60.0 68.0 68.3 75.6
2006 80.6 76.5 75.7 69.7

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