Life Expectancy v. Real GDP Per Capita, 1800-2007
Click on the chart above (and then click "Play") to see an amazing video chart from Gapminder showing year-by-year values for: a) life expectancy and b) real GDP per capita from 1800 to 2007 in various countries around the world. For example, in 1800 life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 39 years and per-capita real GDP was $1,343, compared to 40 years and $2,280 in the UK, and 25 years and $467 in India.
By 2007, life expectancy in the U.S. was 78 years and per-capita GDP was $42,952. For the UK, it was 79 years and $33,203 and for India 65 years and $2,452.