On Tuesday, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that life expectancy dropped in 2020 by nearly two years across the United States — mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdoses.
The data released by CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reportedly analyzed death data in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) for 2020, the last year for which data is available.
The CDC data has shown that from 2019 to 2020, life expectancy in the nation declined from 0.2 to 3 years across all states and D.C.
Overall, the data has shown that life expectancy in the U.S. in 2020 was 77 years — a decline of 1.8 years from 2019.
Moreover, the data has also shown that the states with the most significant decreases include those in the Southwest and U.S.–Mexico border area — Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas — as well as Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and D.C.
Based on the same data, the lowest decline in life expectancy was registered in nearly all New England states except for Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska, and Hawaii.
The CDC explained that the number was mostly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and “increases in unintentional injuries,” such as drug overdose deaths.
The data also looked at how the data relates to gender. It found that life expectancy at birth was higher for females in all states and D.C.
Based on this data, it was learned that the highest difference in life expectancy between females and males was seven years in D.C. T
The lowest was found in Utah, at 3.9 years. Overall, the male-female difference averaged 5.7 years across the U.S.