In US, Hispanics Live the Longest, CDC Says

Mike Stobbe, WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.), October 13, 2010

U.S. Hispanics outlive whites by more than two years and blacks by more than seven, according to the government’s first calculation of Hispanic life expectancy.

The startling report released Wednesday is the strongest evidence yet of the “Hispanic paradox”–long life expectancy for a population that has a large share of poor, undereducated members. {snip}

A Hispanic born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the government estimates. Life expectancy for a white is about 78, and for a black, just shy of 73 years.

Until recently, federal researchers didn’t calculate life expectancy for Hispanics as a separate group; they were included among the black and white populations. The report is based on death certificates.

By breaking out the longer-living Hispanics, the life expectancies for non-Hispanic whites and blacks both declined slightly, said the report’s author, Elizabeth Arias of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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