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5 interesting facts about life expectancy in North America

There is no better way to measure the progression of society than by looking at life expectancy. The key to living longer rests in the hands of science, technology, and medicine and the statistics related to life expectancy show how far we have come. Most people don’t have the time to examine these statistics themselves, so we did it for you. Here are five interesting facts about life expectancy in North America.


North americans have a higher life expectancy than any other continent

The life expectancy of a baby born in 2015 in North America is 77 for a male and 81 for a female. While it is close, the next highest continent is Europe with males and females expected to live to 75 and 81, respectively.


For comparison, the worldwide average life expectancy for babies born in 2015 is 70 for a male and 74 for a female. Simply by being born in North America, a baby will be expected to live for 7 more years than one that is not.


The life expectancy of a North American was higher in 1910 than for 11 tountries today

Despite average life expectancy growing worldwide, some countries have yet to feel the effects. In 1910, the life expectancy of a North American was 53 years. As of 2015, 11 countries have a lower life expectancy than 53 years. The following 11 countries missed the cut:


  • Mozambique
  • Lesotho
  • Zambia
  • Gabon
  • Somalia
  • Central African Republic
  • Namibia
  • Swaziland
  • Afghanistan
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Chad

Life expectancy has nearly doubled since 1880

While some countries are struggling to increase their average life expectancy, North American countries are not. In 1880, the life expectancy of a North American was only around 40 years. Now, as mentioned above, a baby can expect to live until 77 years old, nearly doubling the length of life.


More money means a longer life

A study compared the length of life for those born in 1930 and 1960, with the main variable being a group’s income bracket. The study found that while the life expectancy increased for those in the highest earning bracket by 7 years, the life expectancy for those in the lowest income bracket decreased by 1 year.


Women live longer than men

Life expectancy is growing for every North American country. Despite this, the gap between the life expectancy of men and women continues to stay the same. In North America, the difference is only 4 years, but in some other countries, such as Russia, the difference is as much as 10 years. Researchers aren’t sure why this happens, but one thing is for certain: it’s interesting.


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