North America: Life Expectancy, by country and gender
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North America7480
USAUnited States of America7379
  • Region: North America
  • Time period: 2022
  • Published: Sep 2022

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 27, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Life Expectancy Difference Between Genders Across North America

Canada exhibits the highest life expectancy for both males and females, with males expected to live up to 80 years and females up to 84 years. This marks a consistent gender gap where females live longer than males by 4 years in Canada. Similarly, in the USA, females have a higher life expectancy (79 years) compared to males (73 years), with a gap of 6 years. The aggregated data for North America reflects this gender disparity, showing females living up to 80 years and males up to 74 years, indicating a continent-wide average gender gap of 6 years.

Comparison of Life Expectancy Within North America

Canadaleads in life expectancy within North America, with its females and males living longer than their counterparts in the USA and the overall average for North America. Canadian males have a life expectancy of 80 years, which is 7 years higher than the North American average for males and 7 years higher than males in the USA. Canadian females outlive their North American counterparts by 4 years and American females by 5 years. The USA's life expectancy is below the North American average for both genders, with American males living 1 year less and females living 1 year less than the North American average.

Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Across Countries

The gender gap in life expectancy varies across countries within North America. Canada and the overall North American average show a gender gap of 4 and 6 years, respectively, favoring females. The USA presents a more pronounced gender gap, with females living 6 years longer than males. This variation highlights the consistency of females outliving males across different geographical locations within North America, but also indicates the gap's magnitude can vary significantly from one country to another.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the life expectancy for males and females in Canada?

In Canada, the life expectancy is 80 years for males and 84 years for females.

How does the life expectancy of Canadian males and females compare to their counterparts in the USA and North America?

Canadian males and females outlive their counterparts in the USA by 7 years and 5 years respectively, and their North American counterparts by 7 years and 4 years respectively.

What is the gender gap in life expectancy in North America?

The gender gap in life expectancy in North America averages at 6 years, favouring females.

Terms and Definitions

Life expectancy refers to the average number of years an individual is expected to live based on their current age. This calculation takes into consideration variables such as demographics, medical history, and lifestyle factors. It is often used as an indicator of the overall health of a population.

Demographics are statistical data relating to groups of people, providing context for larger trends and patterns. In the context of life expectancy, demographics can include factors such as age, gender, income level, education, and racial or ethnic background.

Mortality rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population, scaled to the size of that population per unit of time. Mortality rates are used in the calculation of life expectancy, as they represent the risk of dying at each age.

A life table, also known as an actuarial table, is a statistical tool used to present the probability of death for each age group in a population. It is often used in calculating life expectancy.
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