Health split in north south county divide
PEOPLE living in the south of the county can expect to live longer than those living in the northern part of Gloucestershire, new figures reveal.
On a new life expectancy map of Britain from the Office of National Statistics, those living in South Gloucestershire have an average lifespan of 70.3 years, in the rest of Gloucestershire it is just 63.2 years.
Better job prospects and improved housing are being offered up as reasons behind the differences across the country.
Living in the south can generally improve your chances of living a longer, healthy life.
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Compared to some northern cities, such as Manchester, you could end up living 15 years longer.
The London borough of Richmond upon Thames has the highest healthy life expectancy (HLE) in England, according to the ONS.
Whereas life expectancy is an estimate of how many years a person might be expected to live, healthy life expectancy is an estimate of how many years they might live in a 'healthy' state.
Dr John Middleton, vice president for policy at the Faculty of Public Health, said: “These figures are an important part of a bigger picture of data that tells us why some people live longer than others.
“We know that healthy life expectancy is determined by our chances of being in a job, living in decent housing and having an adequate income.”
There was also a clear gender difference.
In every local authority analysed, life expectancy was longer for women than for men.