1 April 2008

The office for national statistics (ONS) has published some estimates of life expectancy at birth for the 8797 wards in England and Wales for 1999-2003. As well as giving the expectancy in years the ONS also assign them to five groups (quintiles) based on life expectancy. The tables are here and an explanation, which should be read to understand the data, is here. If you read the explanation you will see why the title of this post, while possibly intriguing, is wrong.

There are 122 wards in Cornwall. Twenty four are in the top (ie longest-living) England and Wales quintile, thirty five in the second quintile, thirty three in the third, twenty seven in the fourth, and only three in the fifth. Those unhappy three wards are St Enoder, St Ives South, and Penzance East.

The range in Cornwall wards is from 83.2 years to 75 years and that is disturbing but much less than the whole range for England and Wales. It is clear from the data that Cornwall generally does well in life expectancy.