Life expectancy: Women in poorer areas dying sooner

Birthday cake In Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) life expectancy for men at birth is just 75.8

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A woman born in one of the poorest areas of Wales can expect to die 10 years before one living in a more affluent part, new figures have shown.

A woman born in Blaenau Gwent has a life expectancy of 79.9, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Only Manchester was lower in England and Wales at 79.3 years.

But women living in Monmouthshire can expect to live until they are 89.9 years old on average.

Life expectancy for men living in the county is 80.5 and 79.8 in Ceredigion.

But in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) it is just 75.8.

Only six cities - including Liverpool and Manchester - ranked lower than RCT.

Men in Blackpool have the lowest life expectancy in England and Wales combined at 73.8 years.

Life expectancy for both men and women at birth in Wales has improved since the year 2000.

Cities to grow

Men's average life expectancy in Wales has increased from 75.3 to 78 by 2011.

For women in Wales, the average increased from 80 in 2000 to 82.2 by 2011.

Life expectancy in England and Wales was highest in East Dorset. Men can expect to live to 83 and women can expect to live to 86.4 years.

Meanwhile, Welsh government figures released on Tuesday have predicted the population of cities in Wales was set to rise over the next 25 years.

The Census figures indicated the number of people living in isolated, poorer areas would shrink.

Cardiff's population is expected to grow by nearly a third (32.7%) by 2036, which is the largest across Wales.

Blaenau Gwent is expected to see its population fall by 6.7%, as is Anglesey (2.7%) and Monmouthshire (1.3%)

Total population of Anglesey, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent is projected to be lower in 2036 than in 2011.

Wrexham is projected to have a 21% increase and Swansea 13.1%.

But while Conwy, Flintshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen will see a rise in population in the years leading up to 2026, after that populations are expected to fall.

FUTURE POPULATION ESTIMATES

Area 2011 2036 CHANGE

Anglesey

69,900

68,100

-1,800

Gwynedd

121,500

131,800

+10,300

Conwy

115,300

115,300

no change

Denbighshire

93,900

101,500

+7,600

Flintshire

152,700

154,500

+1,800

Wrexham

135,100

163,500

+28,400

Powys

133,100

134,600

+1,500

Ceredigion

75,300

79,200

+3,900

Pembrokeshire

122,600

126,200

+3,600

Carmarthenshire

184,000

204,400

+20,400

Swansea

238,700

269,900

+31,200

Neath Port Talbot

139,900

142,100

+2,200

Bridgend

139,400

151,000

+11,600

Vale of Glamorgan

126,700

133,700

+7,000

Cardiff

345,400

458,500

+113,100

Rhondda Cynon Taf

234,400

235,400

+1,000

Merthyr Tydfil

58,900

62,400

+3,500

Caerphilly

178,800

182,300

+3,500

Blaenau Gwent

69,800

65,200

-6,400

Torfaen

91,200

92,200

+1,000

Monmouthshire

91,500

90,300

-1,200

Newport

145,800

170,900

+25,100

Source: Welsh government

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