Belize - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Belize was 70.31 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 71.47 in 1988 and a minimum value of 59.96 in 1960.

Definition: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.

Source: Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demograp

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Year Value
1960 59.96
1961 60.51
1962 61.07
1963 61.65
1964 62.22
1965 62.81
1966 63.39
1967 63.95
1968 64.51
1969 65.04
1970 65.55
1971 66.03
1972 66.48
1973 66.91
1974 67.32
1975 67.72
1976 68.10
1977 68.48
1978 68.85
1979 69.21
1980 69.57
1981 69.92
1982 70.26
1983 70.59
1984 70.88
1985 71.13
1986 71.32
1987 71.43
1988 71.47
1989 71.42
1990 71.28
1991 71.05
1992 70.75
1993 70.38
1994 69.99
1995 69.59
1996 69.22
1997 68.90
1998 68.65
1999 68.49
2000 68.42
2001 68.44
2002 68.54
2003 68.70
2004 68.88
2005 69.09
2006 69.28
2007 69.44
2008 69.58
2009 69.68
2010 69.76
2011 69.83
2012 69.91
2013 70.01
2014 70.15
2015 70.31

Development Relevance: Mortality rates for different age groups (infants, children, and adults) and overall mortality indicators (life expectancy at birth or survival to a given age) are important indicators of health status in a country. Because data on the incidence and prevalence of diseases are frequently unavailable, mortality rates are often used to identify vulnerable populations. And they are among the indicators most frequently used to compare socioeconomic development across countries.

Limitations and Exceptions: Annual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Life expectancy at birth used here is the average number of years a newborn is expected to live if mortality patterns at the time of its birth remain constant in the future. It reflects the overall mortality level of a population, and summarizes the mortality pattern that prevails across all age groups in a given year. It is calculated in a period life table which provides a snapshot of a population's mortality pattern at a given time. It therefore does not reflect the mortality pattern that a person actually experiences during his/her life, which can be calculated in a cohort life table. High mortality in young age groups significantly lowers the life expectancy at birth. But if a person survives his/her childhood of high mortality, he/she may live much longer. For example, in a population with a life expectancy at birth of 50, there may be few people dying at age 50. The life expectancy at birth may be low due to the high childhood mortality so that once a person survives his/her childhood, he/she may live much longer than 50 years.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Mortality