United States - Life expectancy at birth, male (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, male (years) in United States was 76.10 as of 2017. As the graph below shows, over the past 57 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 76.50 in 2014 and a minimum value of 66.00 in 1968.

Definition: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.

Source: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects: 2019 Revision. (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (4) United Nations Statistical Division. Popu

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Year Value
1960 66.60
1961 67.10
1962 66.90
1963 66.60
1964 66.80
1965 66.80
1966 66.70
1967 67.00
1968 66.00
1969 66.80
1970 67.10
1971 67.40
1972 67.40
1973 67.60
1974 68.20
1975 68.80
1976 69.10
1977 69.50
1978 69.60
1979 70.00
1980 70.00
1981 70.40
1982 70.80
1983 71.00
1984 71.10
1985 71.10
1986 71.20
1987 71.40
1988 71.40
1989 71.70
1990 71.80
1991 72.00
1992 72.30
1993 72.20
1994 72.40
1995 72.50
1996 73.10
1997 73.60
1998 73.80
1999 73.90
2000 74.10
2001 74.30
2002 74.40
2003 74.50
2004 75.00
2005 75.00
2006 75.20
2007 75.50
2008 75.60
2009 76.00
2010 76.20
2011 76.30
2012 76.40
2013 76.40
2014 76.50
2015 76.30
2016 76.10
2017 76.10

Development Relevance: Mortality rates for different age groups (infants, children, and adults) and overall mortality indicators (life expectancy at birth or survival to a given age) are important indicators of health status in a country. Because data on the incidence and prevalence of diseases are frequently unavailable, mortality rates are often used to identify vulnerable populations. And they are among the indicators most frequently used to compare socioeconomic development across countries.

Limitations and Exceptions: Annual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Life expectancy at birth used here is the average number of years a newborn is expected to live if mortality patterns at the time of its birth remain constant in the future. It reflects the overall mortality level of a population, and summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year. It is calculated in a period life table which provides a snapshot of a population's mortality pattern at a given time. It therefore does not reflect the mortality pattern that a person actually experiences during his/her life, which can be calculated in a cohort life table. High mortality in young age groups significantly lowers the life expectancy at birth. But if a person survives his/her childhood of high mortality, he/she may live much longer. For example, in a population with a life expectancy at birth of 50, there may be few people dying at age 50. The life expectancy at birth may be low due to the high childhood mortality so that once a person survives his/her childhood, he/she may live much longer than 50 years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Mortality