South Africa Life Expectancy 1950-2020

NOTE: All 2020 and later data are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of South Africa life expectancy from 1950 to 2020. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current life expectancy for South Africa in 2020 is 64.12 years, a 0.39% increase from 2019.
  • The life expectancy for South Africa in 2019 was 63.87 years, a 0.4% increase from 2018.
  • The life expectancy for South Africa in 2018 was 63.62 years, a 0.85% increase from 2017.
  • The life expectancy for South Africa in 2017 was 63.09 years, a 0.85% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Similar Countries Ranked by Life Expectancy
Country Name 2020 Life Expectancy
Costa Rica 80.38
Maldives 79.04
Lebanon 79.00
Cuba 78.89
Albania 78.61
Turkey 77.77
Colombia 77.36
Thailand 77.19
Ecuador 77.10
China 76.96
Algeria 76.95
Montenegro 76.95
Peru 76.82
Iran 76.74
Malaysia 76.22
Romania 76.10
Serbia 76.05
Brazil 75.96
North Macedonia 75.86
Mexico 75.15
Armenia 75.14
Bulgaria 75.11
Mauritius 75.06
Belarus 74.77
Belize 74.66
Jordan 74.60
Jamaica 74.55
Guatemala 74.38
Paraguay 74.28
Dominican Republic 74.15
Kazakhstan 73.49
Samoa 73.37
Azerbaijan 73.02
Libya 73.00
Russia 72.57
Grenada 72.47
Venezuela 72.21
Suriname 71.75
Tonga 70.97
Iraq 70.65
Guyana 69.93
Botswana 69.40
Turkmenistan 68.24
Fiji 67.53
Gabon 66.45
South Africa 64.12
Namibia 63.76
Equatorial Guinea 58.88
South Africa - Historical Life Expectancy Data
Year Life Expectancy Growth Rate
2020 64.12 0.390%
2019 63.87 0.400%
2018 63.62 0.850%
2017 63.09 0.850%
2016 62.55 0.860%
2015 62.02 0.870%
2014 61.48 0.880%
2013 60.95 2.090%
2012 59.70 2.140%
2011 58.45 2.190%
2010 57.20 2.230%
2009 55.95 2.290%
2008 54.70 0.290%
2007 54.54 0.290%
2006 54.38 0.300%
2005 54.22 0.300%
2004 54.06 0.300%
2003 53.90 -1.850%
2002 54.91 -1.810%
2001 55.93 -1.780%
2000 56.94 -1.750%
1999 57.96 -1.720%
1998 58.97 -1.430%
1997 59.83 -1.410%
1996 60.68 -1.390%
1995 61.54 -1.370%
1994 62.39 -1.350%
1993 63.25 0.310%
1992 63.05 0.320%
1991 62.85 0.320%
1990 62.66 0.320%
1989 62.46 0.320%
1988 62.26 0.940%
1987 61.68 0.950%
1986 61.10 0.960%
1985 60.52 0.970%
1984 59.94 0.980%
1983 59.36 0.850%
1982 58.86 0.860%
1981 58.36 0.870%
1980 57.85 0.880%
1979 57.35 0.880%
1978 56.85 1.020%
1977 56.28 1.030%
1976 55.71 1.040%
1975 55.13 1.050%
1974 54.56 1.060%
1973 53.99 0.980%
1972 53.47 0.990%
1971 52.94 1.000%
1970 52.42 1.010%
1969 51.89 1.020%
1968 51.37 0.810%
1967 50.96 0.820%
1966 50.55 0.820%
1965 50.13 0.830%
1964 49.72 0.840%
1963 49.31 0.770%
1962 48.93 0.780%
1961 48.55 0.780%
1960 48.18 0.790%
1959 47.80 0.800%
1958 47.42 1.100%
1957 46.90 1.120%
1956 46.38 1.130%
1955 45.87 1.140%
1954 45.35 1.160%
1953 44.83 1.170%
1952 44.31 1.180%
1951 43.79 1.200%
1950 43.28 0.000%