A federal government study recently found that “Black Americans are catching up to whites in life expectancy -- largely due to declining rates of death from heart disease, cancer, and HIV.” While an actual cause cannot be determined, the likely cause is access to better medical treatment.
In 2013, the average American life expectancy was 79 years. The life expectancy for Black Americans is 75 years old. This four year gap comes as a reduction from the six year gap noted in 1999.
Kenneth Kochanek, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, states that the “next step is to figure out why.”