U.S. Life Expectancy Fell Another 1.2 Years in 2021
September 7, 2022 by Allison Bell
The COVID-19 pandemic continued to drive down Americans’ life expectancy in 2021.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting, based on early data, that overall life expectancy at birth fell by 1.2 years between 2020 and 2021, to 76.1 years, according to a new report and a comparable report based on 2020 data.
For 65-year-olds, life expectancy fell by 0.5 years, to 18.3 years. The decrease at age 65 was about the same for men and for women.