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Declining Destinies

Increasing Mortality and Decreasing Fertility in America

Nicole M. King


In late 2016, news sources across the U.S. reported a sobering statistic: The average life expectancy of Americans had fallen for the first time since 1993.

The numbers are not, in some ways, startling. For an American man born in 2015, the average life expectancy dropped from 76.5 to 76.3 years, and for the woman, from 81.3 to 81.2 years.[1] But for a developed nation, one for which such dips have happened only a few times in the last century, this is big news.

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