How do I figure out mortality statistics for people born in 1890?
April 22, 2008 9:40 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to figure out what percentage of people born in 1890 were still alive in 1920 and then 1950 and so on, until we can say for certain that every person born in 1890 is 100 percent definitely dead. I've looked at the 1890 and 1920 census, but they don't have mortality tables.
posted by melodykramer to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
(I'm specifically looking for values for 19th century populations. Not necessarily 1890, but in that ballpark...I figure 1890 is easier than 1891 because there was a census in 1890.)
I'm mainly curious about how WWI and WWI and other major events shaped the mortality curve -- for instance, statistically were __% of men born in 1890 likely to be alive in 1917, but really only __ % of men born in 1890 were alive in 1917 because of the war?
I'm interested in statistics for both world and US populations. I know there are actuarial mortality tables for questions like this, but they don't extrapolate backwards, as far as I'm aware. If they do extrapolate backwards, then I don't know how or where to access these statistics.