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 Subject: Mortality Rates Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference Asked by: bayouguy-ga List Price: \$25.00 Posted: 30 Sep 2006 06:50 PDT Expires: 30 Oct 2006 05:50 PST Question ID: 769673
 ```Of the people in the U.S. that were born in 1938 how many of them are still alive today? Bonus for breakdown by state, or better yet, county. Further breakdowns also welcome```
 Subject: Re: Mortality Rates Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 30 Sep 2006 10:01 PDT Rated:
 ```bayouguy-ga, Thanks for an interesting query. Although it may seem a straightforward type of question to be asking, it actually involves a bit of manipulation of population data to arrive at the correct statistics. For starters, take a look at the latest "Life Table" from the Census Bureau: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_14.pdf United States Life Tables, April 19, 2006 Table 1. Life table for the total population Where they indicate that the "Number surviving to 67-68" is 80,105 That is, out of 100,000 people born in a one year period 67-68 years ago (in other words, born right around 1938), 80,105 are still living. Put another way, 80.105% of those born in 1938 are still alive today. By the way, the table also shows that the "Expectation of life remaining" for this age group is another 17.0 years. The next question is: How many people, in total, in this age group are alive today? For that figure, one needs to dig into the Census Bureau's detailed files on population and age: http://www.census.gov/population/projections/nation/detail/p2001_10.a National Population Projections II. Detailed Files Total Population by Age, Sex, Race, Hispanic Origin, and Nativity: This table is a bit cryptic, but it shows the age breakout of the US population for different years of total US population. The table beings with data for the year 2001, and by scrolling down you can find a row that begins: 2006 68 1,963,201 This tells us that, in 2006, there are 1,963,201 sixty-eight year olds in the US. This number represents 80.105% of the total population born in 1938. To summarize: Number of people born in 1938: 1963201/.80105 = 2,450,784 Number still alive in 2001: 80.105% of 2,450,784 = 1,963,201 As you can see, it takes a bit of number-cruching to arrive at the particular numbers you are looking for. On a national basis, similar numbers are available broken out by gender, race and place of birth. Quite possibly, data are available on state and county levels as well. However, it would take a considerable amount of effort to tease out the relevant data. If it is important to you, you may want to make use of the tables provided here to try and generate some of the break-outs on your own. Or, you may want to post one or more follow-up questions here at Google Answers, describing the types of breakouts you need. I trust this information fully answers your question. However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you need. If you would like any additional information, just post a Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further, and I'm at your service. All the best, pafalafa-ga search strategy -- Used bookmarked links for Census Bureau data.```
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