Life Expectancy - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Sociology

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Life Expectancy in the United States

In 1996, life expectancy at birth, &NA;0, in the United States was 76.1 years; at age 65, &NA;65 was 17.5 years; and at age 85, &NA;85 was 6.1 years (Anderson 1998). These figures can be interpreted to mean that if a baby born in 1996 were exposed to the mortality conditions existing at each age of the life span in 1996, the baby with an average length life would live 76.1 years.


Period and Cohort Values of Life Expectancy

The 1996 U.S. life table is a period life table, based on cross-sectional data collected over a year; thus, this life table indicates the mortality experience of a hypothetical cohort. No actual cohort ever experiences the mortality in a period or cross-sectional life table; rather, the table indicates mortality conditions if the mortality levels of each age group at the period of time used as a reference were experienced by the hypothetical cohort...

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