Life Expectancy — An Unexpected Increase

Once again, life expectancy is rising in the U.S. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average expectancy hit 77.5 years in 2022. That’s up 1.1 years, and it’s the first rise since 2019. From 2019 to 2021, the average expectancy fell by 2.4 years. COVID and record rates of overdoses paved the way.

Here are some statistics:

  • 3,379,857 deaths were recorded in the U.S. in 2022
  • That’s down 184,374 from 2021
  • Life expectancy for men went up by 1.3 years
  • For women it rose 0.9 years
  • Infant deaths (less than a year old) totaled 20,553 in 2022
  • That’s up by 633 over 2021’s numbers

Heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury continue to be the top three causes of death. COVID is number four. It ranked third in 2021. The number of deaths contributed to the virus as an underlying cause dropped 55.3%.

The Kaiser Family Foundation recently noted that COVID did away with over 20 years of life expectancy progress. COVID dropped life expectancy rates down to what we saw in 2004.

When it comes to high-income countries, though, the United States is among the lowest in terms of life expectancy for both men and women. Not only that, but we spend more on healthcare by a long shot.

In 1980, the life expectancy in the U.S. and those nations looked about the same. That is not the case today.

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