Women in Camden have the longest lives of anyone in the UK

What is the average life expectancy in YOUR area? Interactive map reveals boys born in a Hampshire district and girls from Camden will live the longest (but Glasgow ranks bottom for both sexes)

  • People in the UK live on average 81.5 years, with women’s lives longer than men’s by around three years
  • The further north people live, the shorter their lives are expected to be, with those in Scotland dying youngest
  • Experts warn there is an ‘alarming’ gap between the lives of the rich and poor and urgent action is required

Girls born in Camden and boys from Hart in Hampshire will lead the longest lives of anyone in the UK, official figures revealed today.

The life expectancy data is laid bare in an interactive map which shows where people can expect to live the longest around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Women born in the London borough of Camden have the highest life expectancies overall, with a predicted 86.5 years of life.

And men from Hart, a district containing the town of Fleet, will be the most long-lived of their sex at 83.3 years, while the longest lives for males and females combined are in Kensington and Chelsea.

Meanwhile, people living in Glasgow have the shortest lives, living just 76 years on average – 10 years less than the Camden-born women.  

The numbers reveal a clear north-south divide, with good news for people living in London, the south and the home counties, but damning data for those in Scotland and the north of England.

And they come just a day after experts warned efforts to lengthen people’s lives are beginning to fail, with improvements in life expectancy slowing considerably since 2011. 

Find out the life expectancy of people where you live using the interactive map at the end of this article. 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics revealed where in the UK people can expect to live the longest, topped by Camden for women and Hart in Hampshire for men, and the top five places for both sexes are all in London, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire

The figures show the stark difference between the length of life for people living in the south of England and those in the north and in Scotland. People in Glasgow have the shortest lives of any in the UK and nearly all the places with the lowest life expectancies for both men and women are in Scotland, with the exception of Blackpool and Manchester

The Office for National Statistics’ report has produced the most up-to-date estimates of how long people born around the UK can expect to live.

On average, people born in Britain between 2015 and 2017 can expect to live for 81.5 years – 79.2 years for men and 82.9 years for women, the statistics showed.

But only 63.4 of those years will lived healthily meaning people can expect more than a decade of ill health at the end of their lives.

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Women continue to live around three years longer than men, and other places topping the longest lives for ladies are Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Harrow in London.

Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, Rutland in the East Midlands, Epsom in Surrey, Richmond upon Thames, East Dorset and Wokingham all also made the top 10. 

For men, the same London boroughs, Chiltern, East Dorset and Rutland all also made the cut, alongside Elmbridge in Surrey, South Cambridgeshire and the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire.

Hart in Hampshire, where men are expected to live longest, was last year voted the best place to live in the UK for the fifth year in a row, based on quality of life. 

The district contains the town of Fleet and the average house price in the area is £420,000, reports suggest.

Scotland fared disproportionately badly in the life expectancy rankings, making up five of the worst for men and six for women. 



Glasgow was worst for both, with women there expected to live 78.7 years and men just 73.3 – leaving Glaswegian men with the shortest lives of anyone in the UK. 

Dundee, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde and North Lanarkshire all also featured in the bottom 10 for both sexes, with the addition of East Ayrshire for women.

Other poorly performing areas included Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Manchester, Hull and Belfast.

Experts have warned of inequalities between poorer and wealthier people in life expectancies and the proportion of their lives people can expect to live healthily.



‘Data released today provides further evidence of widening inequalities in healthy life expectancy in the UK,’ said Dave Finch, senior fellow at The Health Foundation charity.

He said the figures reveal ‘an alarming gap of 21.5 years spent in good health for women across local authorities in the UK’.

‘To start reversing these trends, action is urgently required to ensure people are able to live longer lives in good health,’ Mr Finch said.

‘This should be underpinned by greater investment to address the social determinants that influence people’s health – including tackling poverty, access to affordable healthy food, well-designed transport systems, and the quality of housing, work and education.’ 


People dreaming of moving into the country when they retire may be better off moving to Central London, the data also revealed.

The Office for National Statistics figures measure where in the country people’s life expectancies are highest if they were to live there from the age of 65, starting within the last three years.

And four of the top five places for both men and women are all boroughs in the capital city, plus Hart in Hampshire for men and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire for women.

Women born in Camden are expected to lead the longest lives of anyone in the UK from birth, and 65-year-old women living there are also expected to live longer than anyone else their age.

They can expect another 24.1 years, living until the ripe age of 89, whereas women in Glasgow are likely to only live another 18.1 years from the same age.

Men, however, are likely to live the longest if they move to Kensington and Chelsea when they’re 65 – with an extra 22.1 years of life taking them to 87 – almost 10 years higher than the average British man. 

As well as living longer lives, women can be expected to spend more of their lives living with some kind of disability.

The Office for National Statistics’ senior research officer, Asim Butt said: ‘At birth males in the UK can expect to live 16.5 years with a disability and females 20.9 years. 

‘However, it is important to note that periods of ill-health may not be experienced during the same point in a person’s life, and the majority of years lived with disability for most occur post-retirement age.’ 

In terms of the length of life – healthy or not – England fares the best across all the constituent countries of the UK, followed by Northern Ireland, Wales and then Scotland.

In competition between English regions, the South East of England (men) and London (women) have the highest average life expectancies.

The figures show people’s lives become gradually shorter as they move further north.

Despite improvements in recent years and life expectancies being years longer than they were decades ago, efforts to keep people living ever longer have been faltering in recent years. 

The UK now has one of the slowest improving life expectancies in the developed world, second only to the US, according to an official report published yesterday.

After decades of progress, attempts to keep people living longer, people now only live three months longer than they did in 2011.

And obesity, winter deaths and dementia are all partly to blame for the increasing deaths, the damning Public Health England report said. 

A spike in people dying in the winters since 2014 – potentially driven by dangerous flu outbreaks hitting an ageing population – is partly to blame, the report said. 

And it’s becoming more difficult to reduce the number of people dying from heart attacks and strokes as more people are getting fat and living unhealthy lives.

Obesity increases people’s risk of heart disease and cancer, and it’s a growing problem – at least a quarter of adults and a fifth of children in the UK are obese. 

Data have revealed gains in life expectancy of English women were much smaller between 2009 and 2017 than they were between 2001 and 2010. Following gains of between one and two years in the earlier time period, women’s lives have only got longer by a handful of months in most places, with the exception of London where they have increased by a year since 2009

The same is true for men who, in the majority of English regions, saw increases of two years of more between 2001 and 2010 but now only London has managed to gain a year or more since 2009

Cutting deaths from heart disease is key to increasing life expectancy, the Government body said – heart disease is the world’s biggest killer.

Professor Naveed Sattar from the University of Glasgow, told MailOnline big life expectancy improvements were made in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s because of reductions in smoking, blood pressure and high cholesterol.

But he said there has been a plateau of preventative health developments in recent years, and tackling diabetes and obesity could be the next big things.

‘These made big, big changes each time,’ said Professor Sattar. ‘Since then we haven’t had a significant [improvement] for anything else.’   

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