PHOM Indicator Profile Report of 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 Sex, Utah and U.S., Utah 1980-2016 and U.S. 1980-2015
In Utah, life expectancy at birth for males increased from 72.4 years in 1980 to 77.8 years in 2016, and for females from 78.6 to 81.6 years. In comparison, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. rose from 70.0 to 76.3 years for males, and from 77.4 to 81.2 years for females (from 1980 to 2015).
- Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2016
- Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
- National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- American Community Survey