Honduras - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in Honduras was 73.32 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 73.32 in 2015 and a minimum value of 46.29 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

See also:

Year Value
1960 46.29
1961 46.96
1962 47.63
1963 48.29
1964 48.93
1965 49.55
1966 50.15
1967 50.74
1968 51.32
1969 51.91
1970 52.52
1971 53.13
1972 53.77
1973 54.43
1974 55.12
1975 55.82
1976 56.55
1977 57.30
1978 58.06
1979 58.83
1980 59.61
1981 60.41
1982 61.21
1983 62.02
1984 62.83
1985 63.61
1986 64.35
1987 65.03
1988 65.65
1989 66.19
1990 66.69
1991 67.14
1992 67.58
1993 68.01
1994 68.44
1995 68.86
1996 69.26
1997 69.63
1998 69.96
1999 70.25
2000 70.49
2001 70.71
2002 70.91
2003 71.10
2004 71.29
2005 71.48
2006 71.67
2007 71.86
2008 72.04
2009 72.22
2010 72.40
2011 72.57
2012 72.75
2013 72.94
2014 73.13
2015 73.32

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