Life expectancy in the UK

Regional differences in life expectancy in the UK - women (left) and men

Newly released data from the British Office of National Statistics shows huge variations in life expectancy across the UK. The Guardian has pushed the figures into four maps, two for each gender – life expectancy and another indicating the change from the period 2001-3 to 2007-9

With the sole exception of males living in Orkney, these reveal increasing life expectancies everywhere, but widening regional variations. Rising from 9.8 to 11.3 years for males, 8.2 to 10.1 years for females

The most striking geographical differences occur in male life expectancy (pictured top right): Scotland fairs worse than England. Apart from a handful of wealthy districts in London and the south, rural areas outperform cities.

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