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Life expectancy in China 1850-2020

Life expectancy in China was just 32 in the year 1850, and over the course of the next 170 years, it is expected to more than double to 76.6 years in 2020. Between 1850 and 1950, finding reliable data proved difficult for anthropologists, however some events, such as the Taiping Rebellion and Dungan Revolt in the nineteenth century did reduce life expectancy by a few years, and also the Chinese Civil War and Second World War in the first half of the twentieth century. In the second half of the 1900s, Chinese life expectancy increased greatly, as the country became more industrialized and the standard of living increased.

Life expectancy (from birth) in China from 1850 to 2020*

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Release date

June 2019



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Supplementary notes

*All data given is an average of the preceding five year period.
Data for the second source can be found here.

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