At a glance
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that shows New York experienced the steepest drop in life expectancy of any state in 2020.
New York ranked third nationally with a life expectancy at birth of 80.7 years in 2019; that figure fell by three years to 77.7 in 2020. According to the CDC’s National Vital Statistics Reports, the state ranked 15th in 2020.
The report stated, “Overall, life expectancy in the United States declined by 1.8 years from 2019 to 2020, mostly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increases in unintentional injuries.”
New York was struck harder by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 than any other state in the U.S., with thousands of people dying in the first weeks of the emergency.