Life Insurance in Force and Purchases in the United States--Summary: 1970 to 2005

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1193):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 46 rows and 14 columns.

As of December 31 or calendar year, as applicable (355 represents 355,000,000). Covers life insurance with life insurance companies only. Data represent U.S. life insurers and, as of 2003, fraternal benefit societies. Represents all life insurance in force on lives of U.S. residents whether issued by U.S. or foreign companies. For definition of household, see text, Section 1, Population


  1. Insures borrower to cover consumer loan in case of death.
  2. Excludes revivals, increases, dividend additions,
    and reinsurance acquired. Includes long-term credit
    insurance (life insurance on loans of more than 10 years’ duration).
  3. Includes Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance: $17.1 billion in 1970,
    $29.2 billion in 1974, $1.7 billion in 1975,
    $45.6 billion in 1981, $51.0 billion in 1986 and $166.7 billion in 1991;
    as well as Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance:
    $84.4 billion in 1981 and $10.8 billion in 1985.


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