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The Data on Longer Lives

Jan 18, 2023

Blueprint Income Team

The average human lifespan is increasing, but what does that really mean? We’ve compiled a list of the most significant facts on longevity.

Research on longevity undeniably shows that we’re living longer. Here are 8 facts on growing older that you may not have known before:

  • Life expectancy for a baby born in the US in 2013 is about 78 years.
  • Life expectancy for a baby born in the US in 1950 was 68 years — that’s a 10 year increase in 60 years!
  • Life expectancy at age 65 in 2014 for a man is 87, and for a woman was 89.
  • Life expectancy at age 65 in 1950 for both men and women was 79 — that’s also a 10 year increase in 60 years.
  • The number of centenarians is growing; there’s been a 66% increase from 1980 to 2010, when 53,364 people were aged over 100 in the US.
  • In 2013, 45% of households between 50 to 59 were at risk of failing to meet their targeted income replacement needs in retirement.
  • The average out of pocket medical costs for a 65 year old couple is $218,000 over 20 years.
  • Healthcare expenses are expected to rise by 5.8% per year through 2022.

Longer retirements are an opportunity to pursue more hobbies and live a fulfilling life, but it does require more financial planning to make sure you can enjoy the life you desire.

Blueprint Income Team

We are a team of finance, insurance, and actuarial professionals working to make it easier for everyone to achieve a steady and comfortable retirement. We write about annuities (the good and the bad) and provide strategies to help Americans prepare for retirement.


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