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Life expectancy at birth in Jamaica 2018

This statistic shows the life expectancy at birth in Jamaica from 2008 to 2018. In 2018, the average life expectancy at birth in Jamaica was 74.37 years.

Jamaica's economic improvement

Life expectancy in Jamaica is rising slowly, comparing ever more favorably with the rest of the world. In 2003, life expectancy was 70.98 years of age and over the period of ten years it rose slightly by about 3 years. When looking at past figures, in 1975 the median age of the population was significantly lower than what it is today. Back then, the average age of the population was only 17, but in 2015 it has risen to 29.1 years of age. This indicates a significant improvement in health care and living standards, resulting in extended life spans.

Improvements have also been made regarding the fertility rate, and as of 2015 it stood at 2.03 – right at the natural replacement rate where most countries would like to be. This is shifting the age structure of Jamaica towards what is typical for developing countries.

However, despite improvements in health and longer lifespans, GDP per capita remains low at around 5,000 U.S. dollars per capita. On the other hand, the unemployment rate, while still high is getting better, GDP growth is on the rise after some difficult years, and the inflation rate is also dropping. It appears that the living conditions and standard of living in Jamaica will continue to improve and as they do, it is also likely that tourism on the island will continue.

Jamaica: Life expectancy at birth from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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