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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.

Notes

In NJSHAD, life expectancy is calculated using a method developed by CL Chiang. For more information on calculation of life expectancy in NJSHAD, please visit the [https://www-doh.state.nj.us/doh-shad/query/LifeExp.html life expectancy documentation page].

Data Sources

  • American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, [https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/]
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health

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

Not applicable. For information on life expectancy calculation, please see [https://www-doh.state.nj.us/doh-shad/query/LifeExp.html Life Expectancy].

Denominator

See numerator note.

How Are We Doing?

Life expectancy at age 65 is slowly increasing among Whites and Blacks as well as among both males and females. As of 2017, 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 (21.7 years or age 86.7) is 2.5 years greater than among males (19.2 years or age 84.2). For life expectancy at birth, the gap is 5 years. Among New Jersey residents, life expectancy at age 65 is highest among Asians (29.7 years remaining or age 94.7), followed by Hispanics (25.4 years or age 90.4), Whites (20.1 years or age 85.1), and Blacks (19.7 years of age 84.7). In comparison, life expectancy at birth is 92.5 years among Asians, 86.1 among Hispanics, 79.9 among Whites, and 76.5 among Blacks. The differences in life expectancy at birth seen between racial and ethnic groups are nearly halved among those who reach age 65 years. By county, estimates range from 18.0 years (age 83) in Cumberland to 22.9 years (age 87.9) in Hunterdon.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Life expectancy at age 65 among New Jersey residents is slightly greater than that of the nation as a whole.[https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2018/004.pdf ^1^]

Available Services

Average life expectancy for your zip code or census tract: [https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/interactives/whereyouliveaffectshowlongyoulive.html Neighborhood Life Expectancy Project]
Page Content Updated On 11/27/2019, Published on 11/27/2019
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