Life expectancy is a statistical measure of how long a person or organism may live, based on the year of their birth, their current age and other demographic factors including gender.
Top 10 Places with Highest Life Expectancy
- Monaco: Average age of death is 89.57
- Macau: Average age of death is 84.48
- Japan :Average age of death is 84.46
- Singapore: Average age of death is 84.38
- San Marino: Average age of death is 83.18
- Hong Kong: Average age of death is 82.78
- Andorra: Average age of death is 82.65
- Switzerland: Average age of death 82.39
- Guernsey: Average age of death is 82.39
- Australia: Average age of death is 82.07
Of course, a deeper analysis is needed to understanding the why behind these high life expectancies. In the U.S. the average age of death is 78.8 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many factors are taken into consideration such as age, race, gender, geography, lifestyle and risk factors such as genetics or family history for chronic diseases. Leading causes of the 2.6 million deaths each year are of course heart disease and cancer.
The World Factbook has a full list of life expectancy by country here. But more interestingly, is this new life expectancy calculator from the Office for National Statistics out of the UK. Results from this calculator show striking differences between men and women regarding life expectancy. We know people are living longer and longer thanks to better healthcare. In the UK, on average people at age 55 have a chance of reaching their mid-to-late 80s.
University of Pennsylvania also has a similar quiz that helps estimate how long someone will live.