Living a long life is a common wish of many – and some might just get what they wish for. Life expectancies
in developed and developing countries alike have been rising continuously, causing the number of people who live to 100 years to rise also.
This year, the number of centenarians has increased to a new high of around 533,000 worldwide. The United Nations expect
that number to rise to approximately 573,000 by 2020.
The U.S. has the highest absolute number of centenarians in the world with 72,000 living in the country. Japan comes in second with 68,000 Japanese who are 100 years or older, according to World Atlas
. Japan is where the world’s oldest person lives. Kane Tanaka from the Fukuoka prefecture is 116 years old, making her a so-called supercentenarian, which is a person living to or beyond the age of 110.
Japan is also the country with the highest rate of centenarians, counting 48 for every 1,000 Japanese. Spain, the Czech Republic, France, Canada and Italy are home to high numbers of centenarians compared to population size as well.