Rising or Falling?
As the U.S. mourns more than half a million dead from the coronavirus pandemic, the CDC recently announced another sobering milestone: Life expectancy at birth has dropped to 77.8 years, a decline from 78.8 in 2019. Though one year might not seem like a lot, it marks the steepest drop since 1943, when the nation was in the throes of World War II. Wondering what life expectancy was the year you were born and how it’s changed since? Here are the numbers going back to 1940.