Living Longer, Planning Longer

February 1999
Journal of Financial Planning;Feb1999, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p16
Academic Journal
This article highlights the life expectancy figures published by the National Center for Health Statistics in the December 1998 issue of the journal Pediatrics. Life expectancy at birth for all ethnic groups is 76.5 years, up from 73.7 years in 1980, and up 29 years from 1900. For white males, life expectancy from birth is 74.3 years. White females can expect to live at least 79.3 years--five years longer than men. Black males increased by 1.2 years, to 67.3. Black females increased half a year to 74.7. Infant mortality declined, which will further increase life expectancy. Of course, every year a person lives increases the likelihood they will live longer than these life expectancies.


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