Life expectancy of the average American in 2001 (nearly two years greater than in 1990)
|79.8 years||Life expectancy of American women in 2001 (one year greater than in 1990)|
|74.4 years||Life expectancy of American men in 2001 (more than two years greater than in 1990)|
|5.5 years||Difference in life expectancy between American whites and blacks in 2001 (one and a half years fewer than in 1990)|
Source: HHS, released October 2003
UPDATE: Fast facts.
Dec. 5, 2003;80.