The Bahamas - Life expectancy at birth, total (years)

The value for Life expectancy at birth, total (years) in The Bahamas was 75.37 as of 2015. As the graph below shows, over the past 55 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 75.37 in 2015 and a minimum value of 62.73 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 62.73
1961 63.07
1962 63.41
1963 63.74
1964 64.06
1965 64.37
1966 64.68
1967 64.99
1968 65.29
1969 65.58
1970 65.86
1971 66.15
1972 66.42
1973 66.69
1974 66.96
1975 67.22
1976 67.48
1977 67.73
1978 67.97
1979 68.22
1980 68.46
1981 68.70
1982 68.93
1983 69.16
1984 69.39
1985 69.61
1986 69.83
1987 70.04
1988 70.25
1989 70.45
1990 70.63
1991 70.79
1992 70.93
1993 71.05
1994 71.15
1995 71.26
1996 71.39
1997 71.55
1998 71.75
1999 71.98
2000 72.25
2001 72.55
2002 72.84
2003 73.13
2004 73.39
2005 73.64
2006 73.86
2007 74.06
2008 74.25
2009 74.43
2010 74.60
2011 74.76
2012 74.91
2013 75.07
2014 75.22
2015 75.37

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