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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Life expectancy is the average number of additional years of life remaining to a person at a specified age if current age-specific mortality experience does not change during the person’s lifetime.

A Tasmanian male born in 2002 could expect to live 76.5 years and a female could expect to live 81.3 years. By comparison, in 1900, life expectancy at birth was 54.2 years for males and 55.6 years for females.

LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH - 1992-2002



Recent reductions in the death rates at the older ages, especially from diseases of the circulatory system, have led to improvements in life expectancy of adults. In 1900, life expectancy for males aged 65 years was 11.2 years, compared with 16.7 years in 2002. For women aged 65 years, life expectancy in 1900 was 12.0 years, compared with 20.0 years in 2002.


LIFE EXPECTANCY, Tasmania

1992
2002

years

years

Males
Age 0
74.0
76.5
Age 1
73.6
76.0
Age 25
50.6
52.7
Age 45
31.8
33.8
Age 65
15.1
16.7
Age 85
5.0
5.3

Females
Age 0
79.2
81.3
Age 1
78.7
80.7
Age 25
55.2
57.1
Age 45
35.8
37.7
Age 65
18.3
20.0
Age 85
6.0
6.6

Source: Demography, Tasmania (cat. no. 3311.6); Deaths (cat. no. 3302.0).



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