On the other hand, there are 32 countries with higher life-expectancies, including Japan — the highest at 84.6 — along with Costa Rica, Greece, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
At the same time, death rates have dropped. That’s mostly good news, with one exception: Suicides are more prevalent than they’ve been in 25 years.
That’s the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics.
So how long can people except to live these days? That is, what is the average number of years of life remaining at any given age?
Well, as always, women can expect to outlive men. Girls born in 2012 are expected to live 81.2 years; boys are estimated to live 76.4 years.
Women who are 65 years old now could have up to about 20.5 years left; men could have 17.9 years.
The mortality gaps between the two sexes increased slightly compared to 2011.
From 2011 to 2012, death rates dropped among both the non-Hispanic black and white populations. It stayed the same for Hispanics, but their death rate still remains lower than that of blacks and whites.
Overall, the death rate for the non-Hispanic population declined 1.2 percent. However, the steepest decline in deaths was seen among non-Hispanic black females at 2.3 percent.
People are most likely to die of heart disease and cancer. Other leading cases are chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia and kidney disease.
However, suicide ranked No. 10. With 12.6 suicides per 100,000 deaths, suicide is at its highest rate since 1987, when it was 12.8 per 100,000.
Solveig Cunningham, an Emory University researcher who has studied death rates during eras of financial hardship, told the Associated Press that, overall, these numbers suggest Americans are getting better at medically managing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. But maybe “we’re not able to manage mental health as well, resulting in devastating results” — the increasing suicide rate, she said.