Life Events and Population Sources
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A production error was discovered in Table 5 - Top and bottom 10 ranked areas by life expectancy at birth and at age 65, 2000-02 to 2010-12 - originally published on 16 April 2014. This affected life expectancy estimates for the nine unitary authorities created in 2009 and consequently the bottom ten ranked areas in 2000-02 and 2001-03. These data and associated commentary in the bulletin have now been corrected. Data for these local areas in reference table 1 were unaffected.
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The inequality in life expectancy between the local areas with the highest and lowest figures decreased for only males at birth between 2000–02 and 2010–12.
The majority of local areas in Scotland (72%) were in the fifth of local areas in the UK with the lowest male and female life expectancy at birth in 2010–12. Conversely, only 15% of local areas in England were in this group.
None of the local areas in Scotland and Wales and only one in Northern Ireland were in the fifth of areas with the highest male and female life expectancy at birth in UK. In contrast, a quarter of local areas in England were in this group.
In 2010–12, male life expectancy at birth was highest in East Dorset (82.9 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (72.6 years).
For females, life expectancy at birth was highest in Purbeck (86.6 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (78.5 years).
Approximately 91% of baby boys in East Dorset and 94% of girls in Purbeck will reach their 65th birthday, if 2010–12 mortality rates persist throughout their lifetime. The comparable figures for Glasgow City are 75% for baby boys and 85% for baby girls.
Life expectancy at age 65 was highest for men in Harrow, where they could expect to live for a further 20.9 years compared with only 14.9 years for men in Glasgow City.
For women at age 65, life expectancy was highest in Camden (23.8 years) and lowest in Glasgow City (18.3 years).
Latest figures for life expectancy at birth and at age 65 by local areas in the United Kingdom.