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UK Average Life Expectancy Statistics by Country and Region

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  • Synopsis: Published: 2017-05-13 (Rev. 2017-06-02) - Charts and data tables showing average life expectancy ages for men and women in the United Kingdom at birth and age 65 by national, regional and local areas. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

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According to recent research the average life expectancy in some parts of England will exceed 90 years of age in little more than 10 years time, and men are narrowing the gap on women when it comes to life expectancy in England and Wales.

U.K. life expectancy at birth has risen rapidly during the last century due to a number of factors, including reductions in infant mortality, rising living standards, improved lifestyles and better education, as well as advances in healthcare and medicine.

Overall life expectancy trends for United Kingdom national, regional and local areas is increasing. Today in the U.K. a newborn baby boy can expect to live for 79.1 years, and a newborn baby girl 82.8 years - if mortality rates remain the same as they were in the UK in 2013–2015 throughout their lives.

In 2010–12, male life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset (82.9 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (72.6 years). For females, life expectancy at birth was highest in Purbeck at 86.6 years and lowest in Glasgow City where females could expect to live for 78.5 years.

Outline Map of U.K. Areas
Outline Map of U.K. Areas
Differences in education, employment opportunities, lifestyle behaviours, social mobility and the wider local environment all have a major impact with males and females in some parts of the U.K. living 14.1 years and 15.0 years longer in 'very good or good' health than others.

The predicted gains in U.K. life expectancy means pension funds will have larger payouts, and health and social services will have to serve an older population than currently planned.

Also see our Average Life Span Expectancy Chart - a list of male and female lifespan expectant averages by country and average age to death.

Life Expectancy Statistics at Birth and at Age 65 by Local Regions in England and UK Countries

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England: Life Expectancy at Birth by Sex and Region, 2006-08 to 2010-12

2006-08 2007-09 2008-10 2009-11 2010-12
Males
North East 76.4 76.7 77.1 77.5 77.8
North West 76.4 76.6 77.0 77.4 77.7
Yorkshire and The Humber 77.1 77.4 77.7 78.1 78.3
East Midlands 77.8 78.1 78.3 78.7 79.1
West Midlands 77.2 77.5 77.9 78.4 78.7
East 78.9 79.2 79.5 79.9 80.1
London 78.1 78.5 78.8 79.3 79.7
South East 79.1 79.4 79.7 80.0 80.3
South West 78.9 79.1 79.4 79.8 80.0
Females
North East 80.5 80.9 81.1 81.5 81.6
North West 80.6 80.8 81.1 81.5 81.7
Yorkshire and The Humber 81.3 81.4 81.7 82.0 82.2
East Midlands 81.8 82.0 82.3 82.8 82.9
West Midlands 81.6 81.9 82.2 82.6 82.7
East 82.7 83.0 83.2 83.6 83.7
London 82.6 82.9 83.2 83.6 83.8
South East 82.9 83.2 83.4 83.8 83.8
South West 83.0 83.2 83.4 83.7 83.9

Source: Office for National Statistics

1. Figures exclude deaths of non-residents.
2. Figures for 2002 to 2010 are based on mid-year population estimates, revised in light of the 2011 Census.
3. Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in calendar years and mid-year population estimates.

England: Life Expectancy at Age 65 by Sex and Region, 2006-08 to 2010-12

2006-08 2007-09 2008-10 2009-11 2010-12
Males
North East 16.6 16.9 17.1 17.5 17.6
North West 16.8 17.0 17.2 17.6 17.8
Yorkshire and The Humber 17.2 17.4 17.6 17.8 18.0
East Midlands 17.4 17.7 17.9 18.2 18.3
West Midlands 17.3 17.6 17.9 18.2 18.4
East 18.2 18.4 18.6 18.9 19.1
London 17.9 18.1 18.4 18.7 18.9
South East 18.4 18.6 18.8 19.0 19.2
South West 18.3 18.5 18.7 19.0 19.1
Females
North East 19.2 19.4 19.6 20.0 20.0
North West 19.3 19.5 19.8 20.1 20.2
Yorkshire and The Humber 19.8 20.0 20.2 20.5 20.5
East Midlands 20.1 20.4 20.6 20.9 21.0
West Midlands 20.1 20.4 20.6 21.0 21.0
East 20.7 20.9 21.1 21.5 21.5
London 20.8 21.1 21.3 21.6 21.7
South East 20.9 21.2 21.4 21.6 21.6
South West 21.1 21.2 21.4 21.6 21.7

Source: Office for National Statistics

1. Figures exclude deaths of non-residents.
2. Figures for 2002 to 2010 are based on mid-year population estimates, revised in light of the 2011 Census.
3. Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in calendar years and mid-year population estimates.

United Kingdom: Life Expectancy at Birth by Sex and Country, 2006-08 to 2010-12

2006-08 2007-09 2008-10 2009-11 2010-2012
Males
United Kingdom 77.5 77.8 78.1 78.6 78.9
England and Wales 77.8 78.1 78.4 78.8 79.1
England 77.9 78.2 78.5 78.9 79.2
Wales 77.0 77.2 77.6 78.0 78.2
Scotland 75.1 75.4 75.9 76.3 76.6
Northern Ireland 76.4 76.8 77.1 77.6 77.8
Females
United Kingdom 81.7 82.0 82.2 82.6 82.7
England and Wales 81.9 82.2 82.4 82.8 82.9
England 82.0 82.3 82.5 82.9 83.0
Wales 81.3 81.5 81.8 82.2 82.2
Scotland 79.9 80.1 80.4 80.7 80.8
Northern Ireland 81.3 81.4 81.6 82.0 82.3

Source: Office for National Statistics

1. Figures for 2002 to 2010 are based on mid-year population estimates, revised in light of the 2011 Census.
2. Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in calendar years and mid-year population estimates.
3. Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. Figures for England and Wales separately exclude deaths of non-residents.

United Kingdom: Life Expectancy at Age 65 by Sex and Country, 2006-08 to 2010-12

2006-08 2007-09 2008-10 2009-11 2010-2012
Males
United Kingdom 17.5 17.7 17.9 18.2 18.4
England and Wales 17.6 17.8 18.1 18.3 18.5
England 17.6 17.9 18.1 18.4 18.6
Wales 17.2 17.3 17.6 17.9 18.0
Scotland 16.3 16.5 16.8 17.0 17.2
Northern Ireland 16.9 17.2 17.4 17.8 17.9
Females
United Kingdom 20.1 20.3 20.5 20.9 20.9
England and Wales 20.3 20.5 20.7 21.0 21.1
England 20.3 20.5 20.7 21.0 21.1
Wales 19.9 20.1 20.2 20.5 20.6
Scotland 18.9 19.0 19.3 19.5 19.5
Northern Ireland 19.9 20.0 20.3 20.6 20.6

Source: Office for National Statistics

1. Figures for 2002 to 2010 are based on mid-year population estimates, revised in light of the 2011 Census.
2. Three year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in calendar years and mid-year population estimates.
3. Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents. Figures for England and Wales separately exclude deaths of non-residents.



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