These tables show current life expectancy at various ages for Wisconsin's total population and for males and females. They are based on age-specific death rates that occurred during a specified three-year period. The most recent time period shown is 2010-2012.
The life expectancy at birth in 2010-2012 (80.3 years) represents the average number of years that babies born during those years would live if throughout their lives they experienced the age-specific death rates experienced in 2010-2012.
These tables provide a "snapshot" of the mortality experience of Wisconsin residents during each three-year period. Since 1989-91, a gradual decline in death rates has meant increases in life expectancy. Two examples illustrate this:
During 1989-1991, life expectancy at birth in Wisconsin was 77.4 years. By 2010-2012, life expectancy at birth had increased to 80.3 years.
During 1989-1991, a person who was aged 50-54 could expect to live 30.3 years longer. By 2010-2012, life expectancy for a person in this age group had increased to 32.7 years.
Technical Note: These are "current" as opposed to "generation" life tables. That is, they are based on the age-specific death rates experienced by the population during a given time period, rather than the death rates experienced by a cohort (birth group) as it ages.
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