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Change in U.S. life expectancy from 1900 to 2007

A child born in the U.S. in 2007 could expect to live 77.9 years, about 30 years longer than a child born in 1900.

Administration on Aging. A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. https://www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/Aging%20and%20Disability%20in%20America/2009profile_508.pdf

Reference

Title
A Profile of Older Americans: 2009
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Administration on Aging
URL
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