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Query Results for Query Module for Life Expectancy - Life Expectancy from Birth

Year Filter: 2019
Data Grouped By:Decedent's County of Residence

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy is the average expected number of years of life remaining from a given age, in a given population, according to the current mortality experience (age-specific death rates) of persons in the same population. Life expectancy is calculated from a table called a "Life Table." It is most often expressed as the life expectancy from birth, but is also commonly expressed as life expectancy from age 65.

Life Expectancy from birth is very sensitive to infant and child mortality. Life Expectancy from age 65 is less sensitive to infant and child mortaltiy than life expectancy from birth and is thought to better represent overall adult health status.

A stable life expectancy statistic should be based on a population of at least 5,000 persons. 95% confidence intervals are not computed if the age-specific death rate is zero for any age group in the life table.

In NM-IBIS, life expectancy is calculated using a method developed by CL Chiang. For more information on calculation of life expectancy in NM-IBIS, please visit the NM-IBIS [ life expectancy methods] page.

New Mexico Residents

Results include deaths of New Mexico residents, including those whose death occurred outside of New Mexico. Results do not include non-residents who died in New Mexico.

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U.S. Data

Comparable data for the U.S. and other states may be found on the CDC's Wide-ranging ONline Data for Epidemiologic Research (CDC WONDER) [].
  • New Mexico Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, New Mexico Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,

Death Certificate Data

Death certificates in New Mexico are required to be filed by funeral directors. Funeral directors obtain demographic information from an informant, a close family member of the decedent. The cause of death is certified by the decedent's physician or the physician that attended the death. Accidental and suspicious deaths are certified by the Office of the Medical Investigator. Death certificate data go through extensive edits for completeness and consistency. The DOH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS) does annual trainings for funeral directors and local registrars.

When death certificates are received the cause of death literals are keyed into software locally by the BVRHS, then shipped to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) where they are machine coded into ICD-10 cause-of-death codes. NCHS returns the ICD-10 codes to BVRHS where the death records are updated.

Population Data

Population estimates for previous years are occasionally revised as new information becomes available. When publishing trend data, always be sure that your rates for earlier years match current rates on NM-IBIS that have been calculated with the most up-to-date population estimates.
These data were queried on: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:21:56 MDT
The dataset was last updated on: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:16:54 MDT

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Content updated: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:13:51 MST