Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has surpassed Kerala as the state with the highest life expectancy in India for all ages, barring expect to live at birth, according to the latest data released on October 19, 2016, by the Registrar General of India (RGI), custodian of census data.
The RGI publishes state level life expectancy–defined as the estimate of the average number of additional years that a person of a given age can expect to live–data for different ages: 0 (at birth), 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70. Being the state with the highest life expectancy at birth in India, Kerala used to be the leader in almost all these age categories till 2010.
Since then, it has escaped public attention that J&K has replaced Kerala as the new number one in most of these categories. More specifically, barring life expectancy at birth, J&K has a higher life expectancy than Kerala for every age group included in the RGI’s Sample Registration System (SRS) data analysis released last week, based on surveys done between 2010 and 2014.