El Salvador - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in El Salvador was 73.00 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 73.00 in 2015 and a minimum value of 49.95 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 49.95
1961 50.61
1962 51.24
1963 51.82
1964 52.36
1965 52.87
1966 53.34
1967 53.78
1968 54.21
1969 54.62
1970 55.00
1971 55.33
1972 55.61
1973 55.83
1974 56.00
1975 56.11
1976 56.19
1977 56.24
1978 56.29
1979 56.37
1980 56.53
1981 56.80
1982 57.20
1983 57.73
1984 58.40
1985 59.19
1986 60.10
1987 61.07
1988 62.07
1989 63.06
1990 63.99
1991 64.83
1992 65.58
1993 66.22
1994 66.76
1995 67.21
1996 67.56
1997 67.87
1998 68.16
1999 68.44
2000 68.72
2001 69.01
2002 69.30
2003 69.59
2004 69.88
2005 70.18
2006 70.48
2007 70.78
2008 71.08
2009 71.38
2010 71.67
2011 71.96
2012 72.23
2013 72.50
2014 72.76
2015 73.00

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