Here in the BVI few are living to the ripe old age of 90 – official statistics from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed.
CSO figures show that the territorial life expectancy has been fluctuating in recent years. In fact the 2015 statistics, which are the most recent, highlight a life expectancy age that is the lowest it has been in the last five years.
The figures show that males in the British Virgin Islands have a shorter life span than females. In 2010 CSO stated that the life expectancy for men stood at 77 years, six months. However that number did not hold to the latter days as the life expectancy in 2015 was recorded as 72 years nine months; which is about four years less than the 2010 figure.
The age is higher for females, the figures showed a similar fluctuation pattern. It was noted that in 2010 women had a life expectancy of 85 years, nine months. That number decreased by five years and was recorded in 2015 as 80 years, eight months.
According to the general population figures — back in 2010 the average person would live up to 81 years, three months. In 2011 the age dropped to 80 years, six months. In 2012 the number took another dip from the age of 80 to age 77.
In 2013 there was a slight increase in the life expectancy figure which went up to age 78 years, six months. There was another slight increase in 2014 as the age rose to 79 years three months.
Instead of keeping up the increase trend the cumulative figure took a dive in 2015, with the Territorial life expectancy being calculated as 76 years, five months.
Official life expectancy figures are aimed at informing of the estimated number of years citizens in a specific country or population is expected to live. In the case of the British Virgin Islands, the general life expectancy is 86 years old.
However, experts have always maintained that the announced life expectancy is not a pronouncement that all members of the population can expect to live to that age.