Long life for villagers

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

 

PEOPLE who live in two Isle of Wight villages can expect to live longer than almost anyone else in the country.

Seaview and Bembridge have been ranked fourth and tenth in a league table of life expectancy, based on a study of 1.5m pension records and mortality rates carried out by actuaries at Towers Watson.

Men and women in Seaview can expect to live to 88.5 years and 91.5 years respectively, while the average life expectancy in Bembridge is 88.4 years for men and 91.4 years for women.

Somerset village Hinton St George — named after England's patron saint — topped the table, where men can expect to live almost four years longer and women more than two years longer than their counterparts at bottom of the table Bootle, in Merseyside.

The top of the table is dominated by the south of England, while towns and villages in Northern Ireland and Scotland make up the bottom.

Matthew Fletcher, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, said: "Where people live can be a powerful predictor of how long they will live. "Of course, this does not mean a man could extend his life by four years simply by moving from Merseyside to Somerset.

"Instead, a pensioner's address provides clues to other things linked to life expectancy, like their lifestyle and how much money they have from sources besides their pension."

The research also revealed life expectancy can differ by two or three years when comparing areas within towns and even neighbouring streets.

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