Life Expectancy Has Yet to Fully Recover From the Pandemic

While life expectancy has rebounded, more than a decade of gains still hasn't been recovered

  • Life expectancy fell during the pandemic, and while it rebounded, it remains far below pre-pandemic highs.
  • Disparities remain in life expectancy after post-pandemic recoveries (Asian: 84.5 years, Hispanic: 80.0 years, White: 77.5 years, Black: 72.8 years, American Indian Alaska Native: 67.9 years).
  • Contributions of leading causes of death to change in life expectancy from 2021-2022 varied by race and ethnicity: American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic groups had the highest contributions from unintentional injuries, Blacks were most negatively affected by perinatal conditions, and Asians by kidney disease.


Arias E, Kochanek KD, Xu J, Tejada-Vera B. Vital Statistics Rapid Release: Provisional Life Expectancy Estimates for 2022. Accessed January 22, 2024.