1900-2000: Changes in Life Expectancy in the United States

Summary: Tables showing the changes in expected remaining years of life at birth, age 65, and age 85 for black and white men and women from 1900 to the year 2000.

Life Expectancy

Year White Men Black Men
At Birth At Age 65 At Age 85 At Birth At Age 65 At Age 85
Additional Years 28 4 2 35 5 2
Percentage Change 60% 33% 50% 106% 50% 50%
1900 47 12 4 33 10 4
1910 49 - 4 34 - 5
1920 54 - 4 46 - 5
1930 60 - 4 47 - 4
1940 62 - 4 52 - 5
1950 67 13 4 59 13 5
1960 67 13 4 61 13 5
1970 68 13 5 60 13 6
1980 71 14 5 64 13 6
1990 73 15 5 65 13 5
2000 75 16 6 68 15 6
Year White Women Black Women
At Birth At Age 65 At Age 85 At Birth At Age 65 At Age 85
Additional Years 31 7 3 41 7 2
Percentage Change 63% 58% 75% 121% 63% 40%
1900 49 12 4 34 11 5
1910 52 - 4 38 - 5
1920 66 - 4 45 - 5
1930 64 - 4 49 - 6
1940 67 - 4 55 - 6
1950 72 15 5 63 15 6
1960 74 16 5 66 15 5
1970 76 17 6 68 16 7
1980 78 18 6 73 17 7
1990 80 19 7 74 17 6
2000 80 19 7 75 18 7

Data Sources: National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 50, No.6. Life Expectancy at Birth, by Race and Sex, Selected Years 1929-98.; National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 49, No.12.Deaths, Preliminary Data for 2000.;U.S. Census Bureau. P23-190 Current Population Reports: Special Studies. 65+ in the United States.

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