PERDASDEFOGU, ITALY - 9 JUNE 2022: Vittorio Lai, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, greets a passer-by in Perdasdefogu, Sardinia, Italy, on June 9th 2022.
The World Guinness Record of the largest concentration of centenarians - 0.449 percent per capita - was achieved by the town of Perdasdefogu, in the island of Sardinia, Italy, in April 2022. At the time the record was set, there were 8 centenarians in a population of 1,778.
Sardinia has been identified as one of five regions in the world that have high concentrations of people over 100 years old: a total of 534 people across or 33.6 for every 100,000 inhabitants. But Perdasdefogu is unique because the number of centenarians in a town of its size is 16 times the national average.
Perdasdefogu shot to fame in 2012 when the Melis family, made up of nine brothers and sisters, entered the Guinness World Records as the oldest living siblings on Earth, with a combined age at the time of 818. The town’s longest-surviving citizen to date is Consolata Melis, the eldest of the siblings, who died in 2015, two months short of 108 years old. Antonio Brundu, who turned 104 in March, is the current oldest resident.
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