The North West has the local authorities with the lowest house prices and the lowest life expectancy in England.
The median dwelling price in the North West in 2009 was £130,000 compared with the England figure of £170,000. This is one of the lowest English regions, the same as Yorkshire and The Humber and a little above the North East (120,000). There is wide variation at local authority level. Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle had three of the five lowest median house prices in England, at £75,000, £84,000 and £85,000 respectively. In contrast the median house price in South Lakeland was £188,000.
The North West had among the lowest life expectancies at birth in the UK. For 2007–2009 the estimates for males were 76.6 years compared with 77.9 for the UK and for females, 80.8 years compared with 82.0. Within the region, life expectancy at birth for males for 2007–2009 was lowest for Blackpool unitary authority (UA). At 73.7 years this makes it the lowest ranking UA in England. The lowest female life expectancy was in Manchester at 79.1 years. The highest life expectancy at birth for both males and females, in the region, was in Eden (79.5 and 83.3 years respectively).
In 2008, 6 per cent of women and 9 per cent of men in the North West smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day – both among the highest percentages in Great Britain.
The average gross weekly household income in 2008/09 was one of the three lowest of the English regions and countries of the UK at £599 per week.
In 2009 the North West had among the highest proportions of one person households (30 per cent) and lone parent households with dependent children (8.8 per cent) in England.
In Q2 2010, 16.5 per cent of children were living in workless households, compared with 16.1 per cent in the UK.
In 2008/09, over half of 16-year-olds in the region were in full-time further education. This was the highest proportion in the UK.
The household crime rate was 2,700 per 10,000 households in 2009/10, above the England average of 2,600. The recorded crime rate was 81 per 1,000 population for the North West, similar to the England average of 79 per 1,000 population.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Dwelling prices data are from Communities and Local Government.
Life expectancy figures are calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
Smoking data are from the General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Household income data are from the Family Resources Survey, Department for Work and Pensions.
Household type data are from the Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Workless household data are from Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics.
Post-compulsory education and government-supported training data are from the Department for Education.
British Crime Survey and Recorded Crime are from the Home Office.
The median is the middle value, so that half of cases are above and half below that value.
Life expectancy figures are calculated as three-year rolling averages, based on deaths registered in the area in calendar years and mid-year population estimates. Rankings are based on unrounded data.
The British Crime Survey provides a measure of peoples experience of crime based on responses to a survey of households and does not cover all types of crime, for example fraud or forgery or crimes against commercial property. Recorded crime covers incidents reported to the police so depends on victims going to the police. Population for crime rates covers those aged 16 and over.
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