Blacks Living Longer; Overall U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High, Report Finds

March 2003
Jet;3/31/2003, Vol. 103 Issue 14, p4
The life expectancy for blacks hit an all-time high of 72.2 years in 2001--up from 71.9 years in 2000--while the overall U.S. life expectancy increased to a record 77.2 years in 2001, the latest federal statistics say. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta also found the national death rate dropped slightly from 869 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 855 deaths per 100,000 in 2001. For blacks, it fell from 1,137 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 to 1,114 deaths per 100,000 in 2001. Deaths from kidney disease rose by 3.7 percent; deaths from hypertension rose by 3 percent and deaths from Alzheimer's disease rose by 5 percent. Among black men, life expectancy rose to 68.6 years in 2001, compared to 75.5 years for black women, 75 years for white men and 80.2 years for white women in 2001.


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