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Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy is the average number of years a person would expect to live based on current mortality rates for a particular area and time period.

It is an estimate of the average number of years a newborn baby, or 65 year-old, would survive if he or she experienced the age-specific mortality rates for that area and time period throughout his or her life.

Figures are calculated from deaths from all causes and mid-year population estimates, based on data aggregated over a three year period.

Figures reflect mortality among those living in an area in each time period, rather than what will be experienced throughout life among those born in the area.

The figures are not therefore the number of years a baby born in the area could actually expect to live, both because the mortality rates of the area are likely to change in the future and because many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.

Life Expectancy at Birth (male)

The life expectancy at birth for males is significantly lower than the national average.  South Tyneside males have a life expectancy of 77.5 years, two years less than the England population as a whole.

South Tyneside's trend and the most recent life expectancy for North East Local Authorities can be found Figs. 1 and 2 of the appendices.

Life Expectancy at Birth (female)

The life expectancy at birth for females is significantly lower than the national average.  South Tyneside males have a life expectancy of 81.5 years, 1.6 years less than the England population as a whole.

South Tyneside's trend and the most recent life expectancy for North East Local Authorities can be found Figs. 3 and 4 of the appendices.

Life Expectancy at 65 (male)

The life expectancy at 65 for males is significantly lower than the national average.  South Tyneside males have a life expectancy of 17.5 years, 1.2 years less than the England population as a whole.

South Tyneside's trend and the most recent life expectancy for North East Local Authorities can be found Figs. 5 and 6 of the appendices.

Life Expectancy at 65 (female)

The life expectancy at 65 for females is significantly lower than the national average.  South Tyneside males have a life expectancy of 20.1 years, 1 year less than the England population as a whole.

South Tyneside's trend and the most recent life expectancy for North East Local Authorities can be found Figs. 7 and 8 of the appendices.

Healthy Life Expectancy

Healthy life expectancy is a measure of the average number of years a person would expect to live in good health based on mortality rates and prevalence of self-reported good health.

The prevalence of good health is taken from responses to a question on general health as part of the Annual Population Survey (APS).

Healthy life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of years a baby would live in good general health if he or she experienced the age-specific mortality rates and prevalence of good health for that area throughout his or her life.

The figure is not the number of years a baby born in the area could actually expect to live in good general health.  This is because the health prevalence and mortality rates of the area are likely to change in the future and many of those born in the area will live elsewhere for at least some part of their lives.

Nationally children born between 2013 and 2015 are likely to spend at least 20% of their lives in poorer health.  Boys born in 2013 to 2015 will enjoy just 63 years of good health on average, while girls can expect 64 healthy years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have created a tool which shows how changes in certain lifestyle behaviours, for example smoking or diet, can impact on the healthy life expectancy of the population.  The tool can be found here:  https://visual.ons.gov.uk/what-affects-an-areas-healthy-life-expectancy/

Healthy Life Expectancy in males

Healthy life expectancy in males was 56.8 years in South Tyneside, this is significantly lower than the North East Regions 59.6 years and the England estimate of 63.4 years.  South Tyneside has a lower healthy life expectancy in males than all other North East local Authorities. 

South Tyneside's trend and the most recent life expectancy for North East Local Authorities can be found Figs. 9 and 10 of the appendices.

Healthy Life Expectancy in females

Healthy life expectancy in males was 57.9 years in South Tyneside, this is significantly lower than the North East Regions 60.1 years and the England estimate of 64.1 years.  

South Tyneside's trend and the most recent life expectancy for North East Local Authorities can be found Figs. 11 and 12 of the appendices.

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