The average life expectancy for men is 76.4 years, while the average life expectancy for women is 81.2 years, according to USA Today, as of 2014. This is slightly less than the 2012 average life expectancy for men, which was 78.8 years, a record high. These figures are based on reports from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The leading causes of death among both women and men combined include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory illnesses, stroke and injuries. Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, kidney disease, influenza, pneumonia and suicide round out the top 10 causes of death as of 2015, notes USA Today.