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Release: National Life Tables, 2010-2012

Released: 21 March 2014


Julie Mills

Demographic Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444681

Categories: Population, Deaths, Life Expectancies, Life Tables, Interim Life Tables

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • A newborn baby boy could expect to live 78.7 years and a newborn baby girl 82.6 years if mortality rates remain the same as they were in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2010-2012 throughout their lives.

  • The gap between life expectancy at birth between boys and girls in the UK has narrowed from six years in 1980-1982 to under four years in 2010-2012.

  • Life expectancy at birth has increased by two and a half years per decade since 1980-1982 in the UK for males, and by two years per decade for females.

  • Life expectancy at age 65 in the UK increased by 40% to 18.2 years for men and for women by 23% to 20.7 years in the 30 years between 1980-1982 and 2010-2012.

  • In 2010-2012 a man in the UK aged 85 had an average further 5.8 years of life remaining and a woman 6.8 years.

National life tables, which are produced annually for the UK and its constituent countries, give statistics on period life expectancy by age and sex.

This release focuses on the UK as a whole and it's constituent countries. The release includes national life tables for 2010-2012 for the United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain (GB), and Scotland; alongside these tables ONS has re-released the equivalent tables for Northern Ireland and for England and Wales so that there is a complete set of UK national life tables in a single location.

The tables in this release have been previously known as the Interim Life Tables; this is the first release where they have been known as the National Life Tables. No changes have been made to the way the tables are calculated.

A ‘period’ life expectancy is the average number of additional years a person would live if he or she experienced the age-specific mortality rates of the given area and time period for the rest of their life. Each national life table is based on population estimates, births data and deaths data for a period of three consecutive years.

The tables for 2000-2002 to 2008-2010 have been revised to take account of the mid-year population estimates for 2002 to 2010 that have been revised in the light of the 2011 Census results. Therefore the figures in the life tables for 2000-2002 to 2008-2010 published in this release may differ from those in previous releases.

Also released today: Estimates of the Very Old (including centenarians) 2002-2012 

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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