More men are living longer

In 2014 to 2016, the women’s modal age at death was 88.9 years, which was 2.6 years higher than that of men, according to mortality statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, the modal age at death for men has grown twice as quickly as women.

If age-specific mortality rates observed in the period 2014 to 2016 continue into the future, males born in the UK in 2014 to 2016 will expect to live on average 79.2 years, says the ONS. However, half of this cohort will expect to still be alive at age 82.3 years (the median age at death) and this cohort’s most common age at death is expected to be 86.4 years (the modal age at death). The equivalent median and modal ages at death for females were 85.8 years and 88.9 years.

Improvements in life expectancy are not evenly spread around the country. Since 2002 the largest improvement in life expectancy at birth for men was observed in the London borough of Camden (7.5 years). The smallest improvement was in Denbighshire for (1.4 years).

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