LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH
Life Expectancy at Birth Increased by 1.3 Years A Decade Ago
Baby born in 2021 on average is expected to live 1.3 years longer to 75.6 years old as compared to 74.3 years old in 2011. On average, a newborn girl is expected to live longer up to 78.3 years, while a newborn boy is expected to live until 73.2 years in 2021. From 2011 through 2021, life expectancy at birth for males has increased by 1.1 years, from 72.1 years old (2011) to 73.2 years old (2021), while females increased by 1.5 years as compared to 76.8 years old for the same period.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT THE AGE OF 15 YEARS OLD
Females at the Age of 15 Years Old is Expected to Live 5.1 Years Longer
Males and females who reach the age of 15 years old are expected to live another 58.9 and 64.0 years respectively in the year 2021. These indicate that male reach at the age of 15 years is expected to live until the age of 73.9 years and female up to the age of 79.0 years. In 2021, the increase in life expectancy at the age of 15 years was 1.0 years for males and 1.5 years for females as compared to 2011. The gap between life expectancy for males and females in the year 2021 is 5.1 years.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT THE AGE OF 60 YEARS OLD
Life Expectancy at the Age of 60 Years Old Increased
Males and females who reach the age of 60 years old are expected to live further 18.9 years and 21.8 years respectively. Thus, males aged 60 years are expected to live until the age of 78.9 years old and females, 81.8 years old. The gaps for males and female’s life expectancy at the age of 60 years old are between 2.2 to 2.9 years for the period of 2011 till 2021.
This situation is in line with the increasing population aged 60 years and over in the past decade. Based on the population estimates for the year 2021, the population age 60 years and over increased from 8.1 per cent or 2.4 million persons (2011) to 3.6 million persons (2021) represents 11.2 per cent of the total population in 2021.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH BY MAJOR ETHNIC GROUP
Chinese Continues to Live Longer
The highest life expectancy at birth by major ethnic group was recorded by Chinese with 81.2 years old females and males with 75.9 years old. In contrast, the lowest life expectancy at birth for males was recorded by Indians with 70.2 years old meanwhile for females was recorded by Bumiputera with 77.1 years old.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH BY SEX AND STATE
W.P. Kuala Lumpur Recorded the Highest Life Expectancy
The highest life expectancy at birth among males and females in 2021 was recorded by W.P. Kuala Lumpur with 75.7 years old and 80.5 years old respectively. In contrast, Perlis recorded the lowest life expectancy at birth for both males and females.
In 2021, there are four states with the highest life expectancies for males compared with the national level (73.2 years) namely W.P. Kuala Lumpur (75.7 years), Selangor (75.2 years), Sarawak (74.3 years) and Pulau Pinang (73.5 years). While for females, five states that surpassed the national life expectancy (78.3 years) comprise W.P. Kuala Lumpur (80.5 years), Selangor (79.6 years), Sarawak (79.0 years), Pulau Pinang (78.9 years) and Melaka (78.4 years). [Exhibit 4]
The full publication of the Abdridged Life Tables, Malaysia, 2019-2021 can be downloaded through eStatistik portal.
DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
29 July 2021
Mohd Yusrizal Ab Razak
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