For those hoping to live into their hundreds, the best decision may be to live on an island.
The top four places with the most centenarians are all island nations, according to a study from Lottie, a digital marketplace for older adults seeking care. First place goes to Guadeloupe, an archipelago in the Caribbean where there are 299 centenarians – or 75 per 100,000 people. That’s an increase of about 80% since 2000.
The French territory is followed by its Caribbean neighbors – Barbados and Martinique – in second and third place, respectively. In Barbados there are 71 centenarians per 100,000 and in Martinique there are 63. Japan and Uruguay are tied for fourth, each with 62 people over 100 for every 100,000.
The United States came in 11th place with 29 centenarians per 100,000 people. In total, there are 97,104 people over the age of 100 living in the U.S. – an increase of 58% in the last two decades.
The American territory of Puerto Rico did even better than the mainland. Coming in sixth place, the Caribbean island has 1,660 centenarians, of which about 74% are women and 26% are men. The number of people over 100 in Puerto Rico increased 67% since 2000.
The data used for the study was collected in 2020 and every place in the top 15 showed an increase in the number of centenarians since 2000. The greatest percent increase came from Hong Kong, which was ranked No. 7. The population of people over the age of 100 increased by about 90% – with 3,561 centenarians living in the Chinese territory.
Every nation in the survey saw more women than men living to 100. Barbados has the narrowest margin between genders, with about 46% of centenarians being men and 54% being women. The widest margin is in Uruguay, where about 90% of centenarians are women and only 10% are men.
These are the top 10 nations with the most centenarians, according to Lottie:
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