Health Indicator Report of Life Expectancy at Birth
Life expectancy is a summary mortality measure often used to describe the overall health status of a population.
- 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 Vital Statistics Reports, NCHS, CDC
- Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
DefinitionAverage life span or number of years of life that could be expected if current death rates were to remain constant
NumeratorNumber of age-, race-, ethnicity, and sex-specific deaths
DenominatorNumber 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, although the increase has mostly stalled in the period 2012-2014. As of 2014, the average life expectancy among New Jersey residents was 80.9 years. Life expectancy among females (83.2 years) remains about 5 years greater than among males (78.5). Among New Jersey residents, life expectancy is highest among Asians (90 years), followed by Hispanics (84), Whites (81), and Blacks (77).
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