Life expectancy for Americans is falling
Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Covid-19, unknown a year earlier, came in as the third most common cause of death in the United States.
The U.S. Census Bureau also reported on Wednesday that the population grew by only 0.1% over a year, a trend that had never been seen before even before the pandemic.
This index is an estimate of the average life span of a population that would live its entire life under the conditions of a given year.
It is very different between men and women: the life expectancy of American men is now only 74.2 years, while that of women is now 79.9 years, widening the pre-existing gap by more than six months, year on year.
The U.S. population now stands at nearly 331.9 million.
“Population growth has been slowing for years,” says Kristie Wilder, a demographer with the Census Bureau, “due to declining birth rates and reduced international migration, while the death rate is increasing due to the country’s ageing population.”
Texas, for example, recorded a strong 1.1% increase in its population, thanks mainly to the 170,000 or so Americans from other states who chose to settle there.