US life expectancy drops for first time in 22 years

Story highlights

  • Americans can now expect to live 78.8 years, on average
  • Women can still expect to live longer than men: 81.2 years vs. 76.3 years

(CNN)For the first time since 1993, life expectancy in the United States has dropped significantly for the entire population, not just certain groups.

On average, Americans can now expect to live 78.8 years, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday, a statistically significant drop of 0.1 year from last year. Though this doesn't sound like much, it may foreshadow a larger dip to come, or it may prove to be a blip reversed when the 2016 numbers are released next December.