ATLANTA (AP) - A new government report shows Hispanics in the
United States outlive whites by more than two years and blacks by
more than seven.
It's the first time a separate life expectancy has been calculated for Hispanics. The report says that a Hispanic born in 2006 could expect to live for more than 80 years.
The report is the strongest evidence yet of the so-called Hispanic paradox - long life expectancy for a population that has a large share of poor, undereducated members.
Researchers have seen signs of Hispanic longevity for years, but
acknowledge most people assume whites live longer.
A leading theory is that Hispanic immigrants are among the healthiest from their countries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Wednesday.