Negligible drop in Shanghai average life expectancy

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The average life expectancy of Shanghai residents was 82.29 years last year, dropping by 0.18 from a year earlier.

The Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission said it was normal to have a slight fluctuation in the city’s average life expectancy, which had already reached the average level of developed countries and regions.

Zhou Haiwang, deputy director of Population and Development Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said the drop was probably because of a more precise calculation.

The average life expectancy for local men was 80.04 and 84.59 for local women last year.

The mortality rate among pregnant women with local registered residency and migrants living in the city for over six months was 6.74 for every 100,000 people while infant mortality was 4.83 for every 1,000 last year, dropping from 2013’s figure of 7.08 and 5.73 respectively, according to the commission.

The city’s life expectancy, mortality rate among pregnant women and infant mortality have maintained the average levels of developed countries and regions for 11 straight years, the commission said.

The city’s senior population increased 5.5 percent in 2013 from a year earlier and accounted for 27 percent of permanent residents, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said.

The population of people aged 60 or above reached 3.87 million by the end of 2013. The number of senior citizens living in Shanghai is set to pass 6 million by 2025, the Shanghai Research Center said. There were 1,407 centenarians in the city at the end of 2013, of whom 1,051 were women.

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