Rising or Falling?
Even before U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic reached more than 955,000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had dropped another sobering milestone on us: Life expectancy at birth has dropped to 77 years, a decline from 78.8 in 2019. Though a little shy of two years might not seem like a lot, it marks the steepest drop since 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.