That means that, in the U.S., roughly 1 person in every 6,000 celebrates a 100th birthday.
Fifty years ago, only 1 person in every 67,000 reached the century mark. So the trends are clear.
How ‘bout you? Would you like to be a centenarian?
Even if you have no particular desire to live to 100, do you ever wonder how long you will live?
It turns out that there are quite a few life expectancy calculators online. Some are run by reputable authorities on longevity.
Of course, even legitimate scientifically-based life expectancy calculators can only estimate your likely life expectancy. Sorry, no guarantees.
These 3 life expectancy calculators are a good place to start your search for your life expectancy . . .
Social Security Administration Life Expectancy Tables
The Social Security Administration collects information about life expectancies to help beneficiaries decide the best age to begin collecting Social Security benefits.
At the Social Security website, there is a simple life expectancy calculator.
To use the SSA calculator, you simply enter your gender and date of birth and, presto, the calculator spits out your statistical life expectancy.
For example, if you are a 35-year-old male who was born on August 21, 1976, your life expectancy, according to United States Government Life Expectancy Tables, is another 45.6 years, to age 81.4. If you are a 26-year-old female who was born on February 25, 1985, you are likely to live to the age of 85.0, another 57.7 years.
The Social Security Administration life expectancy calculator is a good place to start calculating your longevity. But that calculator does not take into account a wide number of factors that could increase or decrease life expectancy, such as current health, lifestyle, and family history.
Living To 100 Life Expectancy Calculator
Living To 100 is a website created by Thomas Perls, M.D., MPH, FACP, who is the founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, the largest study of centenarians and their families in the world. (You can learn more about the study here.)
The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator poses 40 questions about your health and family history. Plan on spending about 10 minutes completing the questionnaire.
Based on your responses, using the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data, the Calculator gives your life expectancy as well as personalized feedback for each of your answers.
It also provides a list of things you can do differently and how many years you will add if you do.
Virtual Age And Life Expectancy Calculator
This Life Expectancy Calculator is also a “virtual age” calculator. Your “virtual age” is your chronological age adjusted for longevity factors such as family history, current health and lifestyle choices.
You start by entering your actual age and then, as you answer a series of questions, the Calculator simultaneously displays both your virtual age and your life expectancy. This calculator lacks the authority of the other two, but it is pretty cool stuff.
The valuable information to take from these calculators is this list of the main factors that affect your longevity . . .
- Family history, especially for cancer and heart disease.
- Exercise frequency, duration and intensity.
- Height, weight and body composition.
- Cholesterol level.
- Blood sugar level.
- Blood pressure.
- Relationship status.
- Attitude about aging.
- Number and closeness of friends.
- Alcohol consumption.
- Regular medical checkups.
- Time spent working.
- Whether your work is physical or sedentary.
- Educational level.
- Miles driven each year.
- Seatbelt use.
- Safe sex practices.
- Eating breakfast.
(These factors are not necessarily listed in order, although the first factor listed, family history, is believed to be somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 responsible for your longevity. So, I hope you chose the right parents.)