Life expectancy 'higher than average in southern England'

26 April 2012

People who live or relocate to the south of England could benefit from a better life expectancy, new health research has suggested.

According to recently released statistics, a man born today in the UK can expect to live to be 78.2 years old, while 82.3 years old is the average age for a woman.

However, separate research conducted by Towers Watson has found these figures to rise considerably when it comes to studying people living in Hinton St George in Somerset and Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

For both of these towns, men have a life expectancy of 88.7 years old and women can expect to live past their 91st birthday.

Matthew Fletcher, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, noted: "A pensioner's address provides clues to other things linked to life expectancy, like their lifestyle and how much money they have from sources besides their pension."

Earlier this week, professor Les Mayhew, an adviser for the Office for National Statistics, suggested that the life expectancy of men and women could be almost equal by 2030.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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