As technological and medical advancements continue, people are living longer in the U.S. Bill McBride of Calculated Risk took a look at recent CDC data and projections, and the results show a drastic difference in life expectancy for people born in 2010 compared to generations before.
For those born in 1900, about 13 out of 100,000 made it to 100. For those born in 1950, 199 are projected to make to 100 - a significant increase. Now the CDC is projecting that 1,968 out of 100,000 born in 2010 will make it to 100.
Those born in 2010 are projected to live an average of 78.7 years.
Also, there are now far fewer deaths involving people younger than 20: In 1900 25.2% died before age 20. And another 26.8% died before 55. In 1950, 5.3% died before age 20 and an additional 18.7% died before 55. But of people born in 2010, 1.5% are projected to die before age 20 and only 9.7% before 55.