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Health Indicator Report of Life Expectancy at Age 65

Life expectancy is a summary mortality measure often used to describe the overall health status of a population.

Data Sources

  • Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Linked Infant Death-Birth Database, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Definition

Average remaining number of years that a person 65 years of age would be expected to live if current death rates were to remain constant

Numerator

Number of age-, race-, ethnicity, and gender-specific deaths

Denominator

Number of persons in the corresponding population

How Are We Doing?

Life expectancy is slowly increasing among all racial and ethnic groups as well as among both males and females. As of 2014, the average remaining life expectancy at age 65 among New Jersey residents was 20.6 years (or to age 85.6). Life expectancy at 65 among females (21.8 years or age 86.8) is nearly 3 years greater than among males (19.0 years or age 84.0). For life expectancy at birth, the gap is 5 years. Among New Jersey residents, life expectancy at age 65 is highest among Asians (27 years remaining or age 92), followed by Hispanics (23 years or age 88), Whites (20 years or age 85), and Blacks (19 years of age 84). In comparison, life expectancy at birth is 90 years among Asians, 84 among Hispanics, 81 among Whites, and 77 among Blacks. The differences in life expectancy at birth seen between racial and ethnic groups are halved among those who reach age 65 years.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Life expectancy among New Jersey residents is slightly greater than that of the nation as a whole.
Page Content Updated On 02/03/2017, Published on 02/03/2017
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