About this dataset

Annual data on UK death registrations. Summary tables including age-standardised mortality rates.

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Main points from latest release

  • In 2016, the age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) for the UK was 982.5 deaths per 100,000 population.

  • In 2016, the ASMR for England was 959.8 deaths per 100,000 population, compared with 1,045.7 in Wales, 1,136.4 in Scotland and 1,015.9 in Northern Ireland.

  • The North East had the highest ASMR among the regions of England in 2016, with 1,098.9 deaths per 100,000 population.

  • London had the lowest ASMR among the regions of England in 2016, with 858.8 deaths per 100,000 population.

  • The local authority in England with the highest ASMR was Blackpool (1,287.8 deaths per 100,000 population) while City of London had the lowest (557.1 deaths per 100,000 population).

  • In Wales, Blaenau Gwent had the highest ASMR (1,234.8 deaths per 100,000 population) while Monmouthshire had the lowest (872.6 deaths per 100,000 population).

  • In Scotland, Glasgow City had the highest ASMR (1,389.1 deaths per 100,000 population) while East Renfrewshire had the lowest (906.5 deaths per 100,000 population).

  • In Northern Ireland, Belfast had the highest ASMR (1,139.3 deaths per 100,000 population) while Causeway Coast and Glens had the lowest (918.4 deaths per 100,000 population).

  • The substantial variation in mortality rates between different local areas reflects underlying differences in factors such as income deprivation, socio-economic position and health behaviour (for further information see Health state life expectancies, UK: 2013 to 2015).

  • In 2016, the West Midlands had the highest regional infant mortality rate, with 6.2 deaths per 1,000 live births.

  • In 2016, the South West had the lowest regional infant mortality rate, with 3.1 deaths per 1,000 live births.

  • The variation in infant mortality rates between different regions reflects underlying differences in maternal factors such as the mother’s country of birth, socio-economic position and age.

  • Infant mortality rates for local areas can fluctuate quite substantially between years due to the small number of deaths recorded at these ages.