According to the World Health Organization’s Statistics 2016, the average person residing in the Philippines has a lifespan of 68.5 years. That metric is almost three years shorter than the global average of age 71.4.
More dramatic is the shorter lifespan for Filipino men which is 65.3 years compared to the worldwide average of 69.1 years. Women residing in the Philippines typically live until age 72 while the global benchmark is 73.8 years for females.
Even more truncated are the average life expectancies for home country Philippines versus the 10 most popular locations around the world where Filipinos migrate permanently. These geographies are organized below starting with those with the longest average lifespans.
Average Lifespans for Overseas Filipinos
Immigration Locales Where Filipinos Live Longest
In contrast to the average 68.5 years for the 101.1 million residents in the Philippines, Filipinos who immigrate to Japan belong to an island country where residents live more than 15 years longer. The United States, where almost two-thirds of Filipinos permanently relocate, boasts an average lifespan almost 4.5 years greater.
- Japan: 83.7 years (22.2% longer than average lifespan in Philippines)
- Singapore: 83.1 years (21.3% longer)
- Australia: 82.8 years (20.9% longer)
- Spain: 82.8 years (20.9% longer)
- Italy: 82.7 years (20.7% longer)
- Canada: 82.2 years (20% longer)
- New Zealand: 81.6 years (19.1% longer)
- United Kingdom: 81.2 years (18.5% longer)
- Germany: 81 years (18.2% longer)
- United States: 79.3 years (15.8% longer)
Immigration Locales Where Filipino Men Live Longest
The average male in the Philippines lives until he attains 65.3 years of age. Most Australian men live more than 15.5 years after that age. In the United States, where most Filipinos permanently relocate, the average male lives to be 11.6 years older than in the Philippines.
- Australia : 80.9 years (23.9% longer than average male lifespan in Philippines)
- Japan: 80.5 years (23.3% longer)
- Italy: 80.5 years (23.3% longer)
- Canada: 80.2 years (22.8% longer)
- Spain: 80.1 years (22.7% longer)
- Singapore: 80 years (22.5% longer)
- New Zealand: 80 years (22.5% longer)
- United Kingdom: 79.4 years (21.6% longer)
- Germany: 78.7 years (20.5% longer)
- United States: 76.9 years (17.8% longer)
Immigration Locales Where Filipino Women Live Longest
On average, women in the Philippines live to age 72 – almost seven years longer than men in the Philippines. Females residing in the Philippines have an average lifespan almost 15 years less than women living in Japan and 9.6 years less than women in America.
- Japan: 86.8 years (20.6% longer)
- Singapore: 86.1 years (19.6% longer)
- Spain: 85.5 years (18.8% longer)
- Australia: 84.8 years (17.8% longer)
- Italy: 84.8 years (17.8% longer)
- Canada: 84.1 years (16.8% longer)
- Germany: 83.4 years (15.8% longer)
- New Zealand: 83.3 years (15.7% longer)
- United Kingdom: 83 years (15.3% longer)
- United States: 81.6 years (13.3% longer)
Leading Causes of Death in the Philippines
Based on a 2011 World Health Organization study, 30% of all deaths and at all ages in the Philippines result from communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions. That percentage far exceeds comparable metrics for Japan (14%), United States (6%), Canada (5%) and Australia (4%).
Cardiovascular disease cause another 30% of deaths in the Philippines, followed by cancers at 10%. Respiratory diseases account for 5% of home country fatalities, and 4% are caused by diabetes.
Over a third (34.7%) of men living in the Philippines smoke regularly compared to 7.7% of Filipino women. One might argue that smoking is one reason why females in the Philippines live almost 7 years longer, and also reduce the average lifespans for all residents of the Philippines.
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World Health Organization, World Health Statistics 2016: Annex B tables of health statistics by country, WHO region and globally. Accessed on July 21, 2016
World Health Organization, Causes of Mortality in the Philippines. Accessed on July 21, 2016
World Health Organization, WHO: Health Inequalities Persist. Accessed on July 21, 2016
World Lung Foundation, Anti-Tobacco Campaign in the Philippines Highlights Serious Health Harms of Smoking and Second-Hand Smoke. Accessed on July 21, 2016