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Accession Number PB2013-102631
Title United States Life Tables, 2008. National Vital Statistics Reports Volume 61, Number 3.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 64p
Personal Author E. Arias
Abstract This report presents complete period life tables for the United States by race, Hispanic origin, and sex, based on age-specific death rates in 2008. MethodsData used to prepare the 2008 life tables are 2008 final mortality statistics; July 1, 2008, population estimates based on the 2000 decennial census; and 2008 Medicare data for persons aged 6699. The methodology used to estimate the 2008 life tables has been revised from that used for data years 20002007. The methodology was refined in two important ways. First, a logistic model rather than a nonlinear least squares model was used to smooth and extrapolate the vital statistics and Medicare blended death rates at the oldest ages. Second, the age at which smoothing is begun was raised from 66 to 85 or so, depending on the population. This modification applies to the life tables for the total population and for the white, black, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black populations. The methodology used to estimate the life tables for the Hispanic population remains unchanged from that developed for the publication of life tables by Hispanic origin for data year 2006.
Keywords Data collection
Death rates
Hispanic origin
Life expectancy
Vital statistics

Source Agency National Center for Health Statistics
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
43 - Problem Solving Information for State & Local Governments
44C - Community & Population Characteristics
Corporate Author National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD. National Vital Statistics System.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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