Floridians today are expected to live 7.4 years longer (78.4 years) than they were in 1970 (71.0 years). This is documented by a decline in Florida’s age-adjusted death rate from 1,130.5 per 100,000 persons in 1970 to 748.4 per 100,000 persons in 2020.
In 2020, 239,381 Florida residents died. The overall age adjusted death rate (AADR) in 2020 was 748.4 compared to 1,130.5 in 1970, a change of 33.8%. The gap between age-adjusted death rates of blacks and whites has diminished, but blacks continue to experience a higher rate. Blacks have experienced a 41% decline in AADR since 1970 compared to a 32% decline among whites. The black AADR was 914.2 in 2020 compared to 1548.3 in 1970 whereas the white AADR was 730.7 in 2020 compared to 1074.2 in 1970. The Hispanic age-adjusted death rate has been measured since 2004. The Hispanic age-adjusted death rate has increased from 592.0 per 100,000 persons in 2004 to 620.0 per 100,000 persons in 2020.
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 dispersed throughout the state.