According to a new Centers for Disease Control report, Americans are living longer than ever before.
A child born in 2012 can expect to live, on average, 78.8 years.
Life expectancy for females is 81.2 years and 76.4 years for males.
Non-Hispanic black males had the highest death rate, but also had a 1.1 percent decline in mortality from 2011 to 2012. Leading causes of death are heart disease and cancer.
At the same time, the rate for suicide increased to its highest in 25 years — 12.6 suicide deaths per 100,000 Americans
Dr. Robert Anderson from the CDC joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the findings.
- Dr. Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the Centers for Disease Control.
This segment aired on October 8, 2014.