Costa Rica: Life expectancy

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 Costa Rica

Life expectancy, in years

 Latest value 77.02
 Year 2021
 Measure years
 Data availability 1960 - 2021
 Average 73.62
 Min - Max 60.42 - 79.48
 Source The United Nations Population Division
For that indicator, we provide data for Costa Rica from 1960 to 2021. The average value for Costa Rica during that period was 73.62 years with a minimum of 60.42 years in 1960 and a maximum of 79.48 years in 2018. The latest value from 2021 is 77.02 years. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 192 countries is 71.58 years. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Costa Rica - Life expectancy - recent values

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Costa Rica - Life expectancy - historical chart - 1960-2021




The life expectancy in Costa Rica and other countries is defined as the number of years a newborn is expected to live.
Definition: Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Health spending per capita 953.08 2020 U.S. dollars
 Health spending as percent of GDP 7.86 2020 percent
 Life expectancy 77.02 2021 years
 Life expectancy, female 79.81 2021 years
 Life expectancy, male 74.42 2021 years
 Birth rate 11.87 2021 births per 1000 people
 Death rate 7.19 2021 deaths per 1000 people
 Fertility rate 1.53 2021 births per woman
 HIV infections 0.50 2021 percent
 Tuberculosis 10.00 2022 cases per 100,000 people
 Diabetes prevalence 8.80 2021 percent
 Prevalence of anemia among children 19.00 2019 percent
 Prevalence of undernourishment 3.40 2020 percent
 Access to drinking water, rural 81.1 2022 percent
 Access to drinking water, urban 80.4 2022 percent
 Suicides 8.10 2019 suicides per 100,000 people
 DPT immunization rate 99 2021 percent
 Hepatitis B immunization rate 94 2021 percent
 Measles immunization rate 89 2021 percent
 Traffic accident deaths 14.80 2019 deaths per 100,000 people
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