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Indicator Report - Life Expectancy at Birth

Why Is This Important?

Life expectancy is a measure that is often used to gauge the overall health of a community. Life expectancy at birth measures health status across all age groups.

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 support. 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.

Life Expectancy at Birth by Ethnicity, Utah, 2009-2013

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Life expectancy by ethnicity was calculated using death counts over 5 years, 2009-2013.

Data Notes

The method developed by C.L. Chiang was used to compute life expectancy.

Data Sources

Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health. Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2013.

Other Views


Life expectancy is an estimate of the expected average number of years of life (or a person's age at death) for individuals who were born into a particular population.

How We Calculated the Rates

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Page Content Updated On 11/10/2014, Published on 12/08/2014
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Content updated: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:42:45 MST