ATLANTA (AP) - Americans are living longer than they used to,
but not as long as people in more than three dozen other countries.
According to the most recent government figures available, from
2005, the life expectancy for Americans is up to nearly 78 years.
That's longest in U.S. history.
The National Center for Health Statistics says U.S. life
expectancy at birth inched up to 77.9 from the previous record of
77.8 in 2004. The increase was more dramatic in contrast with 1995,
when life expectancy was 75.8. In 1955, it was 69.6.
But the number of deaths rose from 2004 to 2005, a year after
dropping by 50,000.
And, the United States continues to lag behind at least 40 other
nations. The tiny country of Andorra, in the Pyrenees mountains
between France and Spain, has the longest life expectancy, at 83
and a-half years.