Life expectancy

For the past 20 year, life expectancy in Middlesbrough has tended to increase.  In Middlesbrough, since 1993-95, male life expectancy has increased by 4.6 years and for females it has increased by 2.1 years.  In England the corresponding increases have been higher at 5.3 and 3.7 years, respectively.  Although local life expectancy is improving, this indicates widening of the health gap between Middlesbrough and England.

It is particularly noteworthy that female life expectancy is at the lowest rate for six years.

 Life expectancy at birth, Middlesbrough, 1991-93 to 2013-15

Life expectancy at age 65 estimates of the number of years still to be lived by a person who has reached the age 65.  For example, if life expectancy at 65 is 20 years, on average people aged 65 will live to be 85 years old.

Since 2000-02, life expectancy at 65 in Middlesbrough has increased.  However, these increases are at a slower rate than the gains seen in England as a whole, illustrating widening health inequality in older age groups.  In 2000-02, male life expectancy at 65 in Middlesbrough was 93.6% of the England value.  In 2013-15 it was down to 91.1% of the England value.  Similarly, for women in Middlesbrough life expectancy at 65 was 93.6% of the England value, but reduced to 90.2% of the England value in 2013-15.

 Life expectancy at 65, Middlesbrough, 2000-02 to 2013-15

Male life expectancy remains lower than female life expectancy both at birth and at age 65 years.


Ward-level life expectancy

Within Middlesbrough, male life expectancy is significantly lower than England for nine of the twenty wards.  It is significantly higher in four wards.  For females it is lower in 11 wards and higher in five wards.

Male life expectancy in Central ward is 8.9 years lower than England and 12.5 years lower than Marton East.

Female life expectancy in Newport ward is 7.0 years lower than England and 9.8 years lower than Marton East.

Ward life expectancy, males, Middlesbrough

Ward life expectancy, females, Middlesbrough