Region's early death rates

People living in Peterborough and Luton have a greater risk of dying early than those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Public Health England ranks local authorities using a traffic light system with red for the worst areas to green for the best.

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Sharp contrast in death rates across Anglia region

by Claire McGlasson

There's fresh evidence that where you live has a direct bearing on how long you live.

New statistical map just published show that people in Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk have a greater life expectancy than those in areas like Peterborough and Luton.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he hopes this will act as a wake up call to places where figures are disappointing.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Click here to see what the risk of dying early is where you live

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Rutland, Cambs and Suffolk have lowest early death rates

Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk have the Anglia region's lowest premature death rates Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

People living in Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk have a lower risk of dying early than most other parts of the country according to a national league table of premature death rates.

Rutland is ranked 6th out of 150 local authorities for the lowest death rate for people under the age of 75. Cambridgeshire was 15th and Suffolk 17th.

The Longer Lives website from Public Health England ranks local authorities using a traffic light system, ranging from red for the worst areas to green for the best.

Peterborough and Luton have highest early death rates

Peterborough and Luton have the highest early death rates in the Anglia region Credit: PA

People living in Peterborough and Luton have a greater risk of dying early than those Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex according to a national league table of premature death rates.

The Longer Lives website from Public Health England ranks local authorities using a traffic light system, ranging from red for the worst areas to green for the best.

Peterborough had 1,522 premature deaths between 2009 and 2011 out of a population of 184,457. That ranked it 87th out of 150 local authorities and made it worse than average or red on the map.

Luton was the only other area in the Anglia region marked red on the map. The Borough was ranked 108th out of 150 with 1,602 premature deaths for 2009-2011.