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Life expectancy at birth reaches highest level on record

Life expectancy at birth in England and Wales has reached its highest level on record for both males and females.

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics reveal a baby boy could expect to live to 79 years-old and a baby girl to 82.8 years if mortality rates remain the same as in 2010-2012.

Life expectancy at birth in England and Wales has consistently increased over the last 30 years Credit: Office for National Statistics

Furthermore, while females can still expect to live longer than males, the gap has narrowed from six years in 1980-1982 to just under four years in 2010-2012.

The latest figures reveal a north-south divide still exists when it comes to life expectancy across England, with people in local areas in the South generally living longer lives than those in the North and Midlands.

  • Male life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset at 82.9 years
  • For females it was highest in Purbeck at 86.6 years
  • Male life expectancy was lowest in Blackpool at 74 years
  • Females in Manchester can only expect to live for 79.5 years
  • In 2010–12, approximately 28% of local areas in the East, 49% in the South East and 28% in the South West were in the fifth of areas with the highest male life expectancy at birth
  • In contrast, there was no local area in the North East and Wales in this group. A similar pattern was observed for females
Male life expectancy at birth is lowest in Blackpool at 74 years, compared to East Dorset at just under 83 years Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Life expectancy for men at the age of 65 in England and Wales reached an average of 18.3 years in the years 2010-2012. It was highest in Harrow at 20.9 years and lowest in Manchester at 15.8 years.

For women aged 65, life expectancy reached 20.9 years on average. It was highest in Camden at 23.8 years and lowest in Blaenau Gwent at 18.7 years.