Life Expectancy in US Reaches Record High

October 8, 2014 6:03 AM

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Life Expectancy in US Reaches Record High

efesan/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services released data from 2012 that shows that Americans life expectancy has reached a record high — 78.8 years, on average.

According to the study, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, overall mortality rates for all demographic groups dropped between 2011 and 2012. Women, the study found, continue to outlive men — on average — by 4.8 years, the same margin as in 2011.

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