People in England's poorest areas live a decade less than the richest

People living in the most deprived areas of England could live a decade less than people living in more affluent areas, new figures show.

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that life expectancy ranges from an average of 74.1 years in the most deprived municipalities to 83.5 years in the least deprived municipalities – a difference of almost a decade.

Women in the most deprived areas could only expect to live 51.4 years and men 52.3 years in “good health”.

This is comparable to women and men in the Least Deprived Areas, who average 71.2 years and 70.7 years in good health, respectively.

The measure of quality of health is based on how individuals perceive their overall health, according to the ONS.

Statisticians analyzed the data from 2017 to 2019 to arrive at the latest numbers published today.

Among people living in the most affluent areas of England, women have seen “statistically significant” increases in life expectancy since 2014-2016, adding an additional 11 weeks to their lives.

In men, the improvement was 12.5 weeks.

While women living in the most deprived areas of England saw women’s life expectancy drop by 4.2 weeks over the same period, the ONS said it was not “statistically significant”.

Overall, the ONS reported that England’s average life expectancy at birth for both men and women has “improved significantly” over the past five years.


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