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Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy

These pages contain a variety of statistics on Life Expectancy, or the estimated average number of additional years a person could expect to live.

Stats at a Glance
Key statistical trends: Council Area Profiles; High Level Summaries; and Registrar General’s Annual Report.

Life Expectancy at Scotland Level
This section contains the Scottish National Life Tables plus links to relevant historical data, including the Scottish Decennial Life Tables.

Life Expectancy in Scottish Areas 
Life Expectancy figures for administrative areas (Councils and NHS Boards) and special areas ( Urban/Rural and Deprivation). You can also find figures for Scottish Parliamentary Constituency areas and Scottish Council Areas Split by Deprivation. This section also contains Healthy Life Expectancy figures for administrative areas and special areas.

Information on Life Expectancy Statistics Across the UK

A paper called Life Expectancy Statistics Across the UK (Portable Document Format (PDF) 109 Kb) gives information on the availability of life expectancy estimates and the methods used to produce them across the UK.

Life expectancy at birth by local authorities in the United Kingdom 1991-1993 to 2002-2004 was previously produced and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on their website.

Healthy Life Expectancy

Prior to 2018, information on HLE was published by the Information and Statistics Division (ISD) of the NHS. Historic life expectancy data and further information about recent mortality trends are available on the website of the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO).”

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