August 2019, Muscat: According to data inserted in the annual statistical book released recently by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the average life expectancy in the Sultanate of Oman at the end of 2018 reached 78.1 years. This is an increase from 77.9 years in 2017, whereas the total fertility rate stood at 2.9 births per woman aged between 15 and 45 years from 2014 to 2018.
The life expectancy of Omanis in 2018 reached 77 years, with 75 years for males and 79.1 years for females.
The infant mortality rate dropped to 8.6 per 1,000 live births, as compared to 9.4 per 1,000 live births in 2017. As for the under-five mortality rate, it has declined to 11.1 per 1,000 live births in 2018, compared to stats from 2017, which were 11.4 per 1,000 live births.
The maternal mortality rate also dropped to 15.1 per 100,000 live births in 2018, where it initially stood at 20.2 per 100,000 live births in 2017.
Crude birth rates reached 19.4 births per 1,000 individuals in 2018, while crude death rates were 1.9 per 1,000 individuals.
On the other hand, the total fertility rate of Omani women was 3.9 births per woman aged between 15 and 49-years-old, as compared to 0.7 births among expatriates.
The highest fertility rates for Omani women were in the age group between 25 and 29 years. with 207.8 births per 1,000 women. The second-highest is between the age groups of 30 and 34 years, with 201.7 births per 1,000 women. Finally, the age group between 35 and 39 years comes last, with 161.7 births per 1,000 women.
When it comes to the fertility rate of Omani women between 20 and 24 years, it was 107.3 births per 1,000 women. A high, significant difference compared to 77.3 births per 1,000 women from the ages of 40 and 44 years, and 12 births per 1,000 women between 15 and 19 years, and lastly, 10.5 births per 1,000 women between 45 and 49 years.