Watched part of the program on U.S. Mortality Statistics. Some stats that stood out on sex and race were:
- Per 100,000, women have a death rate of 643 and men a death rate of 906.
- White persons live on average 4.6 years longer than black persons.
Some stats on the improvement of life expectancy since 1940:
- Of those born in 1940, 60% lived to age 65+
- Of those born now, 84% are expected to live to age 65+
Lastly, it was interesting to see death due to AIDS explode until the disease was redefined by the CDC in 1993 (also the year of Freddie Mercury’s death) which drastically reduced mortality despite growing incidence rates:
Of course, whenever you talk about death by spewing numbers, the thing which makes death a profound force shaping an individual’s psyche is lost. This numerical delusion is perhaps necessary for the making of sausage in Congress, but is misleading when used for thinking about my own life.
Good source of data: NCHS Data Brief PDF