Aug 30, 2022 - News

Life expectancy for North Carolinians drops

Change in U.S. life expectancy at birth, 2019-2020
Data: Arias, et al., 2022, "U.S. State Life Tables, 2020"; Map: Simran Parwani/Axios

Life expectancy in North Carolina fell by 1.5 years from 2019 to 2020, according to new CDC data.

By the numbers: North Carolinians lived to an average age of 76.1 — lower than the national average of 77.

  • Women in the state (79) tended to live longer than men (73.3).

The big picture: Nationwide, life expectancy dropped by 1.8 years. The decline is mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increases in unintentional injuries, specifically drug overdose deaths, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

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