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Health | Life Expectancy

Do People Live a Healthy, Full Life?

Why It Matters

Life expectancy refers to the average number of years a person can expect to live, based on the year of their birth. Many factors like economic stability and access to quality education, housing, and healthcare impact our overall health and life expectancy.

Life expectancy is one of the most used summary indicators for the overall health of a community. Gains in life expectancy at birth can be attributed to a number of factors, including rising living standards, improved lifestyle and better education, as well as greater access to quality health services. Being able to predict how populations will age has implications for the planning or programs and services in a community.

The Life Expectancy Dashboard

How To Access The Dashboard

  1. Click on the dashboard below.
  2. In the lower right hand corner, click on arrows to open full screen mode.
  3. In Full Screen Mode, access the four types of views:
  • Region
  • State
  • County
  • Census Tracts

To return to the webpage, click the "Go back" button on the lower left hand corner of your screen or click the "esc" button.


The U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP) is a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics (CDC NCHS), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) to produce a new measure of health for where you live.  The USALEEP project produced estimates of life expectancy at birth—the average number of years a person can expect to live—for most of the census tracts in the United States for the period 2010-2015.The data displayed in the interactive graph estimates census-tract life expectancy at birth for the period 2010-2015 are based on a methodology developed by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Click Here to read more about the USALEEP Project.

Click Here to access the U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project: Methodology and Results Summary. Arias E, Escobedo LA, Kennedy J, Fu C, Cisewski J. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 2(181). 2018.