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Life Expectancy in Scotland, 2020-2022 - Provisional figures

Life Expectancy in Scotland, 2020-2022 - Provisional figures

Last update: 26 September 2023National Statistics Icon
Next update: September 2024
Frequency: Annual

Please note that this year these are provisional statistics. Usually, mid-year population estimates are used to calculate life expectancy. This year however, the populations for 2022 are taken from the 2020 based national population projections for Scottish life expectancy and from the 2018 based subnational projections for council and health board life expectancy. These figures will be superseded next year once rebased populations are available from the 2022 census. NRS are publishing these provisional statistics following the response to a user consultation which ran in April 2023. Figures by deprivation, urban-rural classification and Scottish Parliamentary Constituency are not available at this time.

Key Findings

  • Life expectancy in Scotland was 76.5 years for males and 80.7 years for females in 2020-2022
  • It has decreased by 3 weeks for males and 5.7 weeks for females since 2019-2021
  • Life expectancy was highest in East Renfrewshire for females and East Dunbartonshire for males and lowest in Glasgow city for both males and females in 2020-2022
  • Most of Scotland’s council areas have seen a fall in life expectancy over the last few years

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