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Complete Indicator Profile of Life Expectancy at Birth

Definition

Life expectancy (LE) represents the average number of additional years that someone at a given age would be expected to live if he/she were to experience throughout life the age-specific risk of death observed in a specified reference period.

Numerator

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Denominator

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Why Is This Important?

Life Expectancy is often used to gauge the overall health of a community. Shifts in life expectancy are often used to describe trends in mortality. Being able to predict how populations will age has enormous implications for the planning and provision of services and supports. Small increases in life expectancy translate into large increases in the population.

As the life expectancy of a population lengthens, the number of people living with chronic illnesses tends to increase because chronic illnesses are more common among older persons.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020
CSTE Chronic Disease Indicators

How Are We Doing?

The life expectancy at birth for North Carolinians in 2010 was 78.0 years. This is about three years more than the life expectancy at birth in 1990 and four years more than the life expectancy in 1980.

How Do We Compare With U.S.?

Residents of our state now have a life expectancy which is comparable to the U.S. average of 78.2 in 2009.



Graphical Data Views

Life Expectancy at Birth North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2012

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Average Life Expectancy Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2008 77.5
North Carolina 2009 77.9
North Carolina 2010 78.0
North Carolina 2011 78.2
North Carolina 2012 78.2 78.1 78.3
HNC 2020 Target 2008 79.5
HNC 2020 Target 2009 79.5
HNC 2020 Target 2010 79.5
HNC 2020 Target 2011 79.5
HNC 2020 Target 2012 79.5

Data Notes

The life expectancy algorithm is modeled after Chiang (Chiang CL (1984) Life Table and Mortality Analysis, Malabar (FL), Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co.). More detailed life expectancy estimates for other age groups and by race can be found on the State Center for Health Statistics website: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/data/lifexpectancy/  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.



Life Expectancy at Birth by County, 2010-2012

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County Age in Years Lower Limit Upper Limit
Alamance 77.9 77.5 78.4
Alexander 77.4 76.5 78.2
Alleghany 78.6 77.0 80.2
Anson 75.8 74.7 76.8
Ashe 77.9 76.9 78.9
Avery 77.5 76.2 78.9
Beaufort 76.5 75.7 77.3
Bertie 76.6 75.3 77.8
Bladen 75.7 74.7 76.6
Brunswick 78.3 77.8 78.9
Buncombe 79.2 78.8 79.5
Burke 76.5 75.9 77.0
Cabarrus 78.2 77.8 78.6
Caldwell 75.5 74.9 76.2
Camden 79.1 77.3 80.9
Carteret 77.8 77.1 78.4
Caswell 75.9 74.7 77.1
Catawba 76.6 76.2 77.1
Chatham 81.3 80.6 82.0
Cherokee 76.6 75.4 77.7
Chowan 78.0 76.6 79.4
Clay 77.8 76.0 79.7
Cleveland 75.0 74.4 75.5
Columbus 74.2 73.5 75.0
Craven 78.0 77.5 78.5
Cumberland 76.1 75.7 76.4
Currituck 76.6 75.5 77.7
Dare 79.1 78.2 79.9
Davidson 76.8 76.4 7.2
Davie 79.1 78.3 80.0
Duplin 78.1 77.4 78.8
Durham 79.4 79.0 79.7
Edgecombe 75.8 75.0 76.6
Forsyth 78.2 77.9 78.5
Franklin 78.1 77.4 78.8
Gaston 75.6 75.2 76.0
Gates 77.0 75.4 78.7
Graham 75.1 72.9 77.2
Granville 78.8 78.1 79.5
Greene 78.6 77.5 79.8
Guilford 79.0 78.7 79.2
Halifax 74.8 74.0 75.6
Harnett 77.0 76.5 77.5
Haywood 78.4 77.7 79.1
Henderson 79.5 79.0 80.0
Hertford 77.0 75.9 78.1
Hoke 76.4 75.6 77.2
Hyde 76.7 73.8 79.6
Iredell 77.3 76.9 77.8
Jackson 79.0 78.1 79.9
Johnston 77.4 76.9 77.8
Jones 75.0 73.2 76.8
Lee 76.8 76.1 77.6
Lenoir 75.3 74.6 76.0
Lincoln 77.3 76.8 77.9
Macon 77.8 76.9 78.8
Madison 78.8 77.6 80.0
Martin 75.9 74.9 76.9
McDowell 77.4 76.6 78.2
Mecklenburg 80.2 80.0 80.4
Mitchell 77.1 75.8 78.3
Montgomery 77.0 75.9 78.2
Moore 80.1 79.5 80.7
Nash 76.2 75.6 76.7
New Hanover 79.6 79.3 80.0
Northampton 76.6 75.2 77.9
Onslow 78.3 77.9 78.8
Orange 81.1 80.6 81.6
Pamlico 78.9 77.3 80.5
Pasquotank 77.0 76.1 77.8
Pender 78.1 77.4 78.9
Perquimans 78.4 76.6 80.2
Person 76.9 76.0 77.7
Pitt 77.9 77.5 78.4
Polk 79.9 78.6 81.2
Randolph 77.1 76.6 77.5
Richmond 73.9 73.1 74.7
Robeson 74.3 73.8 74.8
Rockingham 76.1 75.5 76.6
Rowan 75.9 75.5 76.4
Rutherford 76.4 75.8 77.0
Sampson 76.1 75.4 76.9
Scotland 74.5 73.5 75.5
Stanly 76.6 75.9 77.3
Stokes 77.2 76.4 78.0
Surry 76.6 76.0 77.2
Swain 72.2 70.6 73.8
Transylvania 80.4 79.5 81.4
Tyrrell 74.8 71.9 77.7
Union 79.3 78.9 79.6
Vance 75.4 74.6 76.3
Wake 81.3 81.1 81.5
Warren 78.4 77.1 79.7
Washington 77.6 76.1 79.1
Watauga 81.5 80.8 82.3
Wayne 76.3 75.8 76.8
Wilkes 77.4 76.7 78.0
Wilson 77.1 76.5 77.7
Yadkin 77.6 76.8 78.5
Yancey 76.4 75.0 77.8
North Carolina 78.2 78.1 78.3

Data Notes

The life expectancy algorithm is modeled after Chiang (Chiang CL (1984) Life Table and Mortality Analysis, Malabar (FL), Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co.). More detailed life expectancy estimates for other age groups and by race can be found on the State Center for Health Statistics website: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/data/lifexpectancy/  U.S. data are for 2010.

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