Life expectancy in Asia 2020

This statistic shows the average life expectancy in Asia for those born in 2020, by gender and region. In East Asia, the average life expectancy was 76 years for males and 80 years for females in mid-2020.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy is, in the statistical sense, the number of years to be lived. It is the most common measure to describe population health. The life expectancy is an average and a person may die several years before or several years after their expected survival.

Economic circumstances also affect life expectancy. Life expectancy in the wealthiest countries is longer than in the poorest areas. With a life expectancy of 85 years, Hong Kong leads the ranking of the 20 countries with the highest life expectancy as of 2018. The country with the lowest life expectancy in 2018 is the Central African Republic. People from the Central African Republic born in 2018 can expect to live 53 years on average.

The gender differences in life expectancy are significant. Women tend to live several years longer than men. The average life expectancy worldwide of those born in 2020 shows that women had an average life expectancy of 75 years at birth, while men were expect to live 70 years.

According to the World Health Statistic (WHO), the average life expectancy worldwide also depends on the income of the household people live in. In 2013, a child born in a high income household had an average life expectancy of 79 years at birth, whereas a child born in a low income household was expected to live 62 years at birth.

Average life expectancy in Asia for those born in 2020, by gender and region

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Average life expectancy of a newborn according to the current mortality rate.

According to the source the data from the above statistic originates from official statistical yearbooks and bulletins of the particular country. Moreover, publications of the United Nations, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division) of the UN and the U.S. Census Bureau serve as data sources. Further sources are recent demographic studies, special studies and direct interviews with demographers and inquiries at statistical offices of the U.S. and other countries.

Data for females can be found here.

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