Floridians today are expected to live 8.2 years longer (78.6 years) than they were in 1970 (70.4 years). This is documented by a decline in Florida’s age-adjusted death rate from 1,120.0 per 100,000 persons in 1970 to 688.3 per 100,000 persons in 2017.
In 2017, 203,353 Florida residents died.
Blacks have experienced the largest decline (50%) in age-adjusted death rates of all races since 1970.
The gap between age-adjusted death rates of blacks and whites has diminished, but blacks continue to experience a higher rate at 755.9 per 100,000 persons than whites at 682.7 per 100,000 persons.
The Hispanic age-adjusted death rate has been measured since 2004. The Hispanic age-adjusted death rate has decreased from 592.0 per 100,000 persons in 2004 to 538.1 per 100,000 persons in 2017.
The highest age-adjusted rates for the total, white, and black populations were located in North Florida counties. Among the Hispanic population, the highest age-adjusted rates were located in counties throughout the state.