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U.S. Life Expectancy Compared to Other Countries


 

Following are three sources, reporting a low U.S. life expectancy of either 78 years or the more current 79 years.

Select one of the three links to see the performance details of the United States among:

—    6 countries: as per the OECD
                   Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
193 countries: as per the World Health Organization
                   USA: 30th in world; down from 27th
224 countries: as per the CIA
                   USA: 50th in world; down from 47th

The USA has 3 to 5 years shorter lifespan than the other free-market countries


          Since the CIA compares a larger number of countries,
          about 220 instead of about 200, the U.S. has a rank
          20 positions lower among the CIA data.

    Position at the barchart or the WHO details.


Life Expectancy at Birth

As seen in the table below, life expectancies are improving,
such as the U.S. moving from 78 years to 79 years. But the
United States life expectancy relative to others dropped by three positions, from 27th to 30th.



World Health Organization:
U.S. was 27th, then it went to 30th in life expectancy rank

The United States life expectancy,
as per the World Health Organization,
was reported as 27th in their 2005 report,
and now the data of 2011 (based on the year 2009) was 30th
Source: The WHO World Health Statistics (WHS) Report of 2011.
(2009

83 82

81

80

79

78

Japan Australia
Andorra
Monaco
San Marino
Switzerland

Canada
France
Iceland
Israel
Spain
Sweden

Austria
Cyprus
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
New Zealand
Singapore

Belgium
Denmark
Finland
Malta
Portugal
U.K.
Rep. of Korea

USA
Chile
Costa Rica
Cuba
Kuwait
Qatar
Slovenia

2006 data
in 2008 report

Japan
San Marino
Maximum
Andorra
Australia
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Monaco
Singapore
Spain
Switzerland
Canada
Cyprus
France
Luxembourg
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Sweden
Austria
Belgium
Finland
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Malta
Republic of Korea
United Kingdom
USA
Chile
Costa Rica
Denmark
Portugal
Slovenia

2009 data
in 2011 report
 

 

CIA View of U.S. Life Expectancy:
U.S. ranked 47th; now 50th

CIA World Factbook – Rank Order - Life expectancy at birth: the status of the Factbook as of March 27, 2008, the United States was 50th in life expectancy based on 2009 estimates.
Position at chart    Update: it’s 49th based on 2010 estimates.

U.S. Life Expectancy

 

The CIA Factbook, at which the following information of estimates was posted on June 19, 2008:

1 Andorra 83.53 2008 est.
2 Macau 82.35 2008 est.
3 Japan 82.07 2008 est.
4 Singapore 81.89 2008 est.
5 San Marino 81.88 2008 est.
6 Hong Kong 81.77 2008 est.
7 Canada 81.16 2008 est.
8 France 80.87 2008 est.
9 Sweden 80.74 2008 est.
10 Switzerland 80.74 2008 est.
11 Australia 80.73 2008 est.
12 Guernsey 80.65 2008 est.
13 Israel 80.61 2008 est.
14 Iceland 80.55 2008 est.
15 Anguilla 80.53 2008 est.
16 Cayman Islands 80.32 2008 est.
17 New Zealand 80.24 2008 est.
18 Italy 80.07 2008 est.
19 Gibraltar 80.06 2008 est.
20 Monaco 79.96 2008 est.
21 Liechtenstein 79.95 2008 est.
22 Spain 79.92 2008 est.
23 Norway 79.81 2008 est.
24 Jersey 79.65 2008 est.
25 Greece 79.52 2008 est.
26 Austria 79.36 2008 est.
27 Virgin Islands 79.34 2008 est.
28 Malta 79.30 2008 est.
29 Faroe Islands 79.29 2008 est.
30 Netherlands 79.25 2008 est.
31 Luxembourg 79.18 2008 est.
32 Montserrat 79.15 2008 est.
33 Germany 79.10 2008 est.
34 Belgium 79.07 2008 est.
35 Guam 78.93 2008 est.

36 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 78.91 2008 est.
37 United Kingdom 78.85 2008 est.
38 Finland 78.82 2008 est.
39 Isle of Man 78.80 2008 est.
40 Jordan 78.71 2008 est.
41 Puerto Rico 78.58 2008 est.
42 European Union 78.51 2008 est.
43 Bosnia and Herzegovina 78.33 2008 est.
44 Bermuda 78.30 2008 est.
45 Saint Helena 78.27 2008 est.
46 Cyprus 78.15 2008 est.
47 United States 78.14 2008 est.

 

Additional Information

The relative drop in U.S. life expectancy logically corresponds with the drop in U.S. rank in avoidable deaths and as seen in the comparison to the six top performing countries regarding avoidable deaths (amenable mortality).

27th? See Health Care Meltdown 2007 edition, page 155, for the reporting of the United States being 27th in life expectancy from the 2005 World Health Organization report. The U.S. is now 30th in life expectancy based on the 2011 World Health Organization report.

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