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Average Life Span Expectancy Chart - How Long Will I Live

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  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-03-19 (Rev. 2017-05-14) - How long will I live for is a chart and picture graph of male and female life span expectant averages by country and average age to death. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

Definition: Life Expectancy (Longevity)

Life Expectancy, or longevity, is defined as the expected number of years of life remaining at a given age denoted by ex, which means the average number of subsequent years of life for someone now aged x, according to a particular mortality experience. In modern times, life expectancy has substantially changed on a yearly basis and cannot be used accurately for long-term predictions. The word "longevity" is sometimes used as a synonym for "life expectancy" in demography - however, the term "longevity" is sometimes meant to refer only to especially long lived members of a population, whereas "life expectancy" is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age.

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"The oldest confirmed recorded age for any human ever born is 122 years of age..."

Life expectancy is the average number of years of life remaining at a given age. It is the average expected lifespan of an individual. Today humans have an average life span of 31.99 years in Swaziland and 82 years in Japan. Our chart shows statistics for the average age you will live based on various world countries.

How long will I live for?

This is a question everyone asks at some stage in their life - How long will I live? When will I die? Life expectancy statistics is based on the average number of years of life remaining at a given age. Life span is the average expected years to live of an individual from birth. Our life statistics chart shows how long males and females can expect to live for in various world countries. (Age in years from birth to death)

The oldest confirmed recorded age for any human ever born is 122 years of age, though some people are reported to have lived longer there are no records to confirm these claims.

There are, of course, great variations in life expectancy statistics worldwide, mostly caused by differences in public health, medical care and diet from country to country. Climate also has an effect on what age you will live to, and the way data is collected can also be an important influence.

There are also variations between various groups within single countries. For instance significant differences occur in life span expectancy between males and females in France and many other developed countries, with women tending to outlive men by five years and over. These gender differences have been steadily decreasing in recent years, with statistics showing male life expectancy improving at a faster rate than that of females.

Poverty, in particular, tends to have a very substantial effect on life span expectancy. An example being the United Kingdom life expectancy in many of the wealthiest areas is currently on average ten years longer than the poorer areas and today the gap appears to be increasing as life span expectancy for the more wealthy continues to increase while in poorer regions of the U.K. there has been little increase.

Interestingly persons with serious mental illness tend to die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general public, with three out of five mentally ill dying from mainly preventable physical diseases such as Heart/Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Dyslipidaemia, Respiratory ailments, Pneumonia, and Influenza.

You may also be interested in our Calculator Showing Age in Days Weeks Months Since Birth (Opens new window)

Below is an updated list of countries by life expectancy at birth, the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year (Length of Life). There are currently only 6 countries worldwide where BOTH males and females have a life expectancy over 80 years. These countries are Australia, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.

Chart of Countries Listed by Average Life Expectancy
Country/territoryOverallMalesFemales
Afghanistan 61 60 62
Albania 78 76 80
Algeria 74 72 77
Andorra n/a n/a n/a
Angola 52 50 53
Antigua and Barbuda 77 74 80
Argentina 77 73 80
Armenia 75 72 78
Australia
(Life Expectancy by Australian State and Territory)
82 80 84
Austria 81 78 84
Azerbaijan 74 72 77
Bahamas 74 71 77
Bahrain 76 75 76
Bangladesh 71 70 71
Barbados 75 73 78
Belarus 73 67 78
Belgium 80 78 83
Belize 74 71 77
Benin 59 58 61
Bhutan 68 68 69
Bolivia 67 65 69
Bosnia-Herzegovina 75 72 78
Botswana 64 62 67
Brazil 75 71 79
Brunei 79 77 80
Bulgaria 75 71 78
Burkina Faso 56 56 57
Burundi 59 57 61
Cambodia 64 61 66
Cameroon 57 56 58
Canada
(Life Expectancy by Canadian Province and Territory)
81 79 84
Cape Verde 75 71 80
Central African Republic 50 48 52
Chad 51 50 52
Channel Islands 82 80 85
Chile 79 76 81
China 75 73 78
Colombia 75 72 79
Comoros 61 60 62
Congo 58 57 59
Congo, Dem. Rep. of 50 48 52
Costa Rica 79 77 82
Cote d'Ivoire 51 50 52
Croatia 77 74 81
Cuba 78 77 80
Curacao 78 75 81
Cyprus 80 78 82
Czech Republic 79 76 82
Denmark 81 79 83
Djibouti 62 60 63
Dominica 75 72 77
Dominican Republic 73 70 77
Ecuador 75 72 78
Egypt 71 70 73
El Salvador 73 68 77
Equatorial Guinea 57 56 59
Eritrea 63 60 65
Estonia 77 73 81
Ethiopia 64 62 65
Federated States of Micronesia 70 69 72
Fiji 70 67 73
Finland 81 78 84
France 82 79 85
French Guiana 80 77 83
French Polynesia 77 75 79
Gabon 63 62 64
Gambia 59 58 60
Georgia 75 71 79
Germany 80 78 83
Ghana 61 60 63
Greece 81 78 83
Grenada 76 74 79
Guadeloupe 81 78 84
Guam 79 76 82
Guatemala 73 69 76
Guinea 60 58 61
Guinea-Bissau 54 53 56
Guyana 66 64 69
Haiti 64 61 65
Honduras 74 72 76
Hong Kong, SAR 84 81 87
Hungary 76 72 79
Iceland 82 81 84
India
(Indian Life Expectancy by States)
68 66 69
Indonesia 71 69 73
Iran 74 72 76
Iraq 69 67 71
Ireland 81 79 83
Israel 82 80 84
Italy 83 80 85
Jamaica 74 70 78
Japan 83 80 87
Jordan 74 73 77
Kazakhstan 70 66 75
Kenya 62 60 65
Kiribati 65 63 68
Korea, North 70 66 74
Korea, South 82 79 85
Kosovo 77 74 79
Kuwait 74 73 76
Kyrgyzstan 70 66 74
Laos 68 67 70
Latvia 74 70 79
Lebanon 77 76 79
Lesotho 44 43 46
Liberia 60 59 61
Libya 71 69 74
Liechtenstein 82 81 84
Lithuania 74 69 79
Luxembourg 82 80 84
Macao, SAR 83 80 86
Macedonia 75 73 77
Madagascar 65 64 66
Malawi 61 60 62
Malaysia 75 73 77
Maldives 74 73 75
Mali 53 53 53
Malta 82 80 84
Marshall Islands 72 70 75
Martinique 82 79 85
Mauritania 63 62 64
Mauritius 74 71 78
Mayotte 79 76 83
Mexico 75 73 78
Moldova 72 68 76
Monaco n/a n/a n/a
Mongolia 69 65 75
Montenegro 77 74 79
Morocco 74 73 75
Mozambique 54 52 56
Myanmar 65 63 67
Namibia 64 62 67
Nauru 66 62 70
Nepal 67 66 69
Netherlands 81 79 83
Netherlands Antilles - - -
New Caledonia 77 74 81
New Zealand 81 80 83
Nicaragua 75 72 78
Niger 60 59 61
Nigeria 52 52 53
Norway 82 80 84
Oman 77 75 79
Pakistan 66 66 67
Palau 72 69 76
Palestinian Territory 73 72 75
Panama 78 75 80
Papua New Guinea 62 60 65
Paraguay 72 70 74
Peru 75 72 78
Philippines 69 65 72
Poland 78 74 82
Portugal 80 77 83
Puerto Rico 79 76 83
Qatar 78 78 79
Reunion 80 77 84
Romania 75 71 78
Russia 71 65 76
Rwanda 65 63 66
Samoa 74 73 76
San Marino 87 84 89
Sao Tome and Principe 66 64 68
Saudi Arabia 74 73 75
Senegal 65 63 67
Serbia 75 73 78
Seychelles 73 69 78
Sierra Leone 50 50 51
Singapore 83 80 85
Slovakia 76 73 80
Slovenia 81 78 84
Solomon Islands 70 67 74
Somalia 55 53 57
South Africa 61 59 63
South Sudan 55 54 56
Spain 83 80 86
Sri Lanka 74 71 77
St. Kitts-Nevis 75 73 78
St. Lucia 79 75 83
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 71 70 74
Sudan 62 60 64
Suriname 71 68 74
Swaziland 49 50 48
Sweden 82 80 84
Switzerland 83 81 85
Syria 70 64 76
Taiwan 80 77 83
Tajikistan 67 64 71
Tanzania 62 60 63
Thailand 75 72 78
Timor-Leste 68 66 69
Togo 57 56 57
Tonga 76 74 77
Trinidad and Tobago 75 71 78
Tunisia 76 74 78
Turkey 77 75 79
Turkmenistan 65 61 70
Tuvalu 70 67 72
Uganda 59 58 60
Ukraine 71 66 76
United Arab Emirates 77 76 78
United Kingdom
(Life Expectancy for U.K. Countries and Regions)
81 79 83
United States
(Life Expectancy by U.S. State)
79 76 81
Uruguay 77 73 80
Uzbekistan 68 65 72
Vanuatu 71 70 73
Venezuela 75 72 78
Vietnam 73 71 76
Western Sahara 68 66 70
Yemen 65 62 67
Zambia 53 51 56
Zimbabwe 61 60 62

Source: PRB 2014 and 2015 World Population Data Sheets.

As can be seen by the chart there is still a large difference in statistics between average length of life in third world countries than in many Western countries today.

World life expectancy map shaded by ages
World life expectancy map shaded by ages

Facts: Longevity

  • Various factors contribute to an individual's longevity. Significant factors in life expectancy include gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and crime rates.
  • In preindustrial times, deaths at young and middle age were more common than they are today, and lifespans past 70 years were comparatively rare.
  • Studies have estimated that approximately 20 to 30% of an individual's lifespan is related to genetics, the rest is due to individual behaviors and environmental factors which can be modified.
  • Women normally outlive men, and this was as true in pre-industrial times as today. Theories for this include smaller bodies (and thus less stress on the heart), a stronger immune system (since testosterone acts as an immuno-suppressant), and less tendency to engage in physically dangerous activities.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau view on the future of longevity is that life expectancy in the United States will be in the mid-80s by 2050 (up from 77.85 in 2006) and will top out eventually in the low 90s, barring major scientific advances that can change the rate of human aging itself, as opposed to merely treating the effects of aging as is done today.

View further information on Longevity and Life Span Expectancy

Statistics: Life Expectancy

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Andorra currently has the world's longest life expectancy of 83.5 years.

Statistically the average life expectancy of all people in the world is currently 66.26 years (64.3 years for males and 68.35 years for females).

Longest Living Persons Include:

  • Jeralean Talley (born 1899): the oldest living person in the world.
  • Sarah Knauss (1880 - 1999, 119 years, 97 days): the second oldest documented person in modern times and the oldest American.
  • Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (1788 - 1899, 110 years, 135 days): first person to reach the age of 110 (on September 21, 1898) and whose age could be validated.
  • Jiroemon Kimura (1897-2013): celebrated his 116th birthday in April 2013, was the oldest man in history whose age has been verified by modern documentation, and died on 12 June 2013.
  • Jeanne Calment (1875 - 1997, 122 years, 164 days): the oldest person in history whose age has been verified by modern documentation. This defines the modern human life span, which is set by the oldest documented individual who ever lived.


Related:

  1. Marriage and Life Expectancy Span - Max-Planck-Gesellschaft - (2010-05-12)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/news/offbeat/married-life.php
  2. DNA Telomeres Predict Our Life Expectancy - Brigham Young University - (2015-02-09)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/fitness/longevity/dna-telomeres.php
  3. Biological Age Calculator: Check Your True Health Age - Ian Langtree - (2014-03-30)
    https://www.disabled-world.com/calculators-charts/health-age.php

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