Life expectancy in Coventry nine years less in deprived areas

Public Health England figures show a stark difference in life expectancy in deprived areas compared with more affluent areas.

A boy or girl born in 2019 in one of Coventry’s most deprived areas will live for nine years less than those from the most affluent areas, according to data published by Public Health England.

Residents of Alderminster Road, Coventry, where house prices average around £300,000, can expect to live on average to be 87-years-old.

While residents of Broad Park Road, Coventry, where house prices average under £100,000, are expected to live until the age of just 78.

The shocking figures were highlighted by Coventry City Council in their Annual Performance Report, in an infographic that showed life expectancy at birth along Coventry’s number 10 bus route.

Source: Coventry City Council Annual Performance Report 2018-19.

Although, while at face value the figures may seem high, they do in fact show a decrease in the life expectancy gap across the city compared with previous years.

The figures are still a stark reminder that deprivation has a significant effect on life expectancy.

Girls born between 2013 and 2017 in the most deprived areas of the city can expect to live 9.4 years less than those who live in the most affluent areas.

While boys in the most deprived areas can expect to live 9 years less.

Analysis by Public Health England shows circulatory diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the biggest cause of the life expectancy gap in the city.

For women, the biggest cause of earlier deaths was cancer, accounting for 23% of the gap.