The average life expectancy at birth has increased to nearly 79 years

Since 1970, the overall life expectancy has increased eight years. The greatest increase is among African Americans, particularly men, with life expectancy now nearly 12 years longer. Women tend to live longer than men regardless of racial group.

Life expectancy at birth, by gender and race

The average life expectancy at birth has increased to nearly 79 years

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports, 2012.