How Did Cause of Death Contribute to Racial Differences in Life Expectancy in the United States in 2010?

CDC: 7/18/13

Key findings

Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality

  • In 2010, life expectancy for the black population was 3.8 years lower than that of the white population. This difference was due to higher death rates for the black population for heart disease, cancer, homicide, diabetes, and perinatal conditions.
  • Life expectancy for black males was 4.7 years lower than that of white males. This difference was due to higher death rates for black males for heart disease, homicide, cancer, stroke, and perinatal conditions. Read more