The Current Differential in Black and White Life Expectancy

Demography. 1988 Nov;25(4):625-32.


The 1980 National Center for Health Statistics life tables for the U.S. black and white populations reveal a difference in life expectancy of 7 years between black and white males and 6 years between black and white females. Using cause-substituted life tables, we show that a number of causes of death contribute to the difference. The largest contributors are cardiovascular disease for both sexes and homicide and cancer for males.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cause of Death*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • European Continental Ancestry Group*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Life Expectancy*
  • Life Tables
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • United States