A supercentenarian is a person who has lived to
110 years or more. Only one in every thousand
supercentenarian status. Only one in 50,000
centenarians will reach the age of 115 or more.
There have been seven people verified to have
lived to age 116 years or more. The oldest living
man was Christian Mortensen, who lived to 115
years and 79 days. The oldest person in history
was Jeanne Calment from France, who lived to 122
years and 164 days. In 2010, a team of
researchers found that there were 341
centenarians in the United States at the time.
Supercentenarian Sally Mitchell.
In 2010, a team of researchers found that there were 341 centenarians in the United
States at the time. The second highest number of centenarians came from Japan, with a
total of 78. The United Kingdom had 66 supercentenarians. France and Italy had the
fourth and fifth highest numbers of supercentenarians, respectively. Women are much
more likely to reach supercentenarian status across the world than men. There have
been at least 2,500 documented supercentenarians. There were likely more but poor
documentation has prevented official confirmation in some cases. Superentenarian
comes from the Latin word "super" meaning "above" and the Latin word "centanrius"
meaning "relating to a hundred." Put the words together and you have "above relating to
a hundred." The word "supercentenarian" has been in existence since the 1970s.