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Release: Mortality in England and Wales, Average Life Span, 2010

Released: 17 December 2012


Julie Mills

Demographic Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444681

Categories: Population, Deaths, Life Expectancies, Life Tables

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • The most common age at death in England and Wales in 2010 was 85 for men and 89 for women.

  • Over the last 50 years (1960-2010) the average life span has increased by around 10 years for a man and 8 years for a woman.

A short report comparing three measures of average life span: life expectancy at birth (mean age at death), median age at death and modal age at death.

All the figures used in the Report have been calculated using life table methodology. The life tables produced are period life tables. These are calculated using age-specific mortality rates for a given period, with no allowance for any actual or projected future changes in mortality. The life table has a hypothetical starting population of 100,000 people  who are assumed to be subject throughout their lives to the mortality rates experienced in the year to which the life table relates.

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