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How life expectancy varies across the West Midlands

Published: Thursday, 24th January 2019

The Office of National Statistics’ figures show significant variations in life expectancy across the country, WMiC picks out a few of the key facts about the West Midlands.

Although slowing recently, the ONS figures show that life expectancy across the country has been increasing significantly. Their statistics are presented in three year periods, running from 2001-2003 to 2015-2017, setting out by council area, the life expectancy of girls and boys at birth and the additional years that women and men aged 65 might be expected to live.

The long and the short of it

Looking at the most recent time period, it seems, girls born in Camden have the longest life expectancy in the country at 86.5 years, while for boys, those born in Hart District in Hampshire, might expect to live for 83.3 years. At the other end of the spectrum, new borns in Glasgow had the shortest life expectancies, at 78.8 years for girls and 73.3 years for boys.

As it does nationally, the life expectancy of new borns also varies considerably across the West Midlands. Within the region, Wychavon’s girls can expect to live the longest, at 85.4 years, while the boys in Warwick, Malvern Hills and Wychavon have the longest life expectancies at 81 years. Not surprisingly, these areas also feature strongly for later life, life expectancy, with Wychavon’s 65 year old women and Wychavon’s and Stratford-on-Avon’s 65 year old men expected to have the highest number of additional years still ahead of them.

The difference between the longest and shortest life expectancies in the region, however, is marked. Compared to the 85.4 year and 81 year regional highs for girls and boys, the lowest life expectancies are found in Stoke-on-Trent. It seems the life expectancy for girls born in the city is 80.8 years, while, despite increasing by over three years since 2001-03, male life expectancy is still only 76.5 years.

For the metropolitan area of the West Midlands Combined Authority, life expectancy for new born girls was 82.2 years and for boys, 77.9 years. For the West Midlands region as a whole, the life expectancy of females born in the 2015-17 period is 82.7 years and for males, 78.8 years. In both cases, the sixth longest life expectancies out of the nine English regions.

To see the full break down of life expectancies by council area, down load the ONS life expectancy report


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