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New Report: Hispanic Americans have Higher Life Expectancy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the first-ever life expectancy tables for the U.S. Hispanic population.  This report, “United States Life Tables by Hispanic Origin,” published in Vital and Health Statistics, shows that the Hispanic population has higher life expectancy than the non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black U.S. populations.

The finding of higher life expectancy for the Hispanic population seems paradoxical because on average the Hispanic population has lower socioeconomic status than the non-Hispanic white population.

According to these findings, the Hispanic population has a life expectancy advantage at birth of 2.5 years over the non-Hispanic white population and 7.7 years over the non-Hispanic black population.

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