Life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of additional years a person can expect to live.
The most common practice of measurement starts at birth; for example a life expectancy of 85 years means that a person can expect (or is expected) to live exactly that long. But it is all hypothetical measure which differs considerably by geographic location, race, sex, income per capita, and so on.
This is why life expectancy statistic is often given for specific groups or categories rather than for the general population worldwide.
The data for life expectancy changes every year, because the measure is heavily affected by current local conditions when the data is compiled.
The United States stands at number 45 with life expectancy at birth of 80.3 years. But those estimates are for the “average people” and such data has all the likelihood of being inaccurate.
Some people are “above average” and can live extraordinarily long to surpass what the estimate suggests. Well, at least the following people did in their lifetime.
Here are 10 of the oldest humans in the world.
10 Kamato Hongo (September 16th, 1887 - October 31st, 2003) Age: 116 Years, 45 Days
A Japanese super-centenarian (a person living more than 110 years), Kamato Hongo was the oldest living person from March 2002 until his death in October 2003.
She had celebrated her 116th birthday a month before she passed away. Kamato Hongo claimed to have been born in Isen on 16 September 1887. Isen is located on the Tokunoshima Island of Kagoshima Perfecture, Japan. She lived in Kagoshima and died in the same town on 31 October 2003.
Born on the small island of Tokunoshima, she later moved to Kagoshima to live with her daughter. At her old age, Hongo apparently became quite a celebrity because her identity as super-centenarian was used for merchandising purpose by some companies.
Her name and photos would appear on phone cards, clothing, washcloth, and many other products. She even appeared on Japanese television a few times.
Assuming the claim is correct, she would have been 58 years old when World War II ended. However, her birth year has been found inconsistent in several documents; some records suggest that she was actually born on April 1886 while others state her birth year as 1887.
On top of that, her kesuki (Japanese family registry) lists her as the last child following a sister who was born on 1890. Some people hypothesized that Kamato Hongo’s age – or birth year – was changed to hide teenage pregnancies.