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U.S. decennial life tables for 1979-81, volume I, number 4, some trend comparisons of United States life-table data: 1900-1981
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    Decennial life tables have been periodically constructed for the years 1900–198 1, with the first set of tables covering the period 1900– 1902 and the ninth set, 1979–8 1. This report presents data for 1979–8 1 and examines the trends in life ex- pectancy occurring since 1900.

    Each set of the life tables is based on data from the U.S. decennial population census (conducted 1900 . . . 1980) and from deaths occurring in the death-registration States during the 3-year period surrounding the census year. Because annual collection of mortality data did not begin until 1900, the first set of tables used deaths occurring in 1900–1902.

    The number of death-registration States has increased over the years, The tables for 1900–1 902 are for 10 States (New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana, and the six New England States) and the District of Columbia. By 1929–31, the tables include all States (48 States, with Alaska and Hawaii added in 1959–6 1) and the District of Columbia.

    Thus the data bases of the nine sets of tables vary over the years. However, it is believed that the trends discussed in this report probably would hold even though data were not available for all States and all years.

    This report is the fourth of a series of reports containing life tables for 1979–8 1 and other information related to the decennial life-table program. The following reports in this series have already been published life tables for the United States for 1979–8 1, life tables for each State for 1979–81, and a report that describes in detail the methods of constructing the national and State life tables. A report on life tables that as- sumes that certain causes of death have been eliminated is in preparation. The selection of trends and comparisons to be examined in this report closely follows that of the 1969–71 series authored by T. N. E. Greville.

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