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Half a mile in Wrexham can mean 20 years difference in life expectancy

Depending what side of town your were born in could mean your life expectancy is decades less than other people in Wrexham.

If you are born in Stansty and a woman, new statistics say you are expected to live 20.2 years longer than someone born in Gwersyllt West.

Likewise for men, those in Marford and Hoseley have a 16.6 year greater life expectancy than those in Gwersyllt West.

The full ward by ward ‘league tables’ are below.

The figures come from a newly released dataset from the Office of National Statistics that cover both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy.

This new small area analysis based off wards in England and Wales between 2009 and 2013 shows substantial inequalities in health between small populations areas – council wards.

Men born in Knightsbridge and Belgravia in Westminster (London) ward were expected to live more than three decades longer in “Good” general health than males in an equivalently-sized area of Bloomfield in Blackpool (79.1 years compared with 47.1 years respectively). Bloomfield also had the shortest life expectancy in England and Wales at 68.2 years compared with Warfield Harvest Ride in Bracknell Forest at 90.3 years – a gap of 22.1 years.

For females, the gap in healthy life expectancy at birth for the equivalent time period was 35.4 years; where in one small area, Middlehaven of Middlesbrough, healthy life expectancy was only 47.6 years, compared with 83.0 years in a small area, Blackheath and Wonersh of Waverly in the South East of England.

In contrast, females in Great Corby and Geltsdale in Carlisle could expect the longest life (97.2 years) compared with females born in Gwersyllt West here in Wrexham (72.6 years).

Wrexham also had the widest inequality in healthy life expectancy for males at birth of 25.3 years. This inequality in HLE was twice as wide as the median inequality between local areas in England and Wales (12.8 years).

Overall, healthy life expectancy in Wrexham was 62.1 years, which was lower than the median HLE (64.2 years) for males within England and Wales.


– Ward / Life expectancy in years
Stansty 92.8
Penycae 90.8
Marford and Hoseley 89.8
Garden Village 89.4
Esclusham 89.1
Bronington 87.4
Penycae and Ruabon South 87.4
Gwersyllt East and South 86.9
Llangollen Rural 86.4
Borras Park 86.2
Acton 86
Dyffryn Ceiriog/Ceiriog Valley 85.6
Gresford East and West 85.5
Rhosnesni 85.5
Overton 85.3
Minera 85.2
Johnstown 85.1
Little Acton 84.9
Rossett 84.3
Marchwiel 84.1
Offa 83.4
Ponciau 83
Chirk North 82.5
Coedpoeth 82.5
Chirk South 82.4
Brynyffynnon 82.3
Whitegate 82.3
Ruabon 81.9
Holt 81.6
Erddig 81.5
New Broughton 81
Cefn 80.9
Gwersyllt North 80.3
Wynnstay 80.2
Brymbo 80
Bryn Cefn 80
Smithfield 79.7
Queensway 79.5
Cartrefle 79
Llay 78.8
Pant 78.3
Hermitage 77.3
Grosvenor 76.5
Plas Madoc 75.8
Gwersyllt West 72.6


– Ward / Life expectancy in years
Marford and Hoseley 88.1
Rossett 86.7
Borras Park 84.3
Holt 83.4
Garden Village 83.3
Little Acton 82.4
Rhosnesni 82.3
Stansty 82.2
Johnstown 81.9
Gresford East and West 81.6
Llangollen Rural 81.3
Marchwiel 81
Minera 80.9
Whitegate 80.7
Chirk North 79.8
Cefn 79.1
Esclusham 79.1
Overton 78.7
New Broughton 78.5
Dyffryn Ceiriog/Ceiriog Valley 78.4
Acton 78.3
Bronington 78.3
Penycae and Ruabon South 78
Ponciau 78
Offa 77.5
Coedpoeth 77.2
Llay 77.2
Ruabon 77
Brynyffynnon 76.9
Hermitage 76.9
Erddig 76.7
Smithfield 76.5
Brymbo 76.2
Bryn Cefn 75.9
Penycae 75.9
Pant 75.5
Gwersyllt North 75
Queensway 73.8
Cartrefle 72.7
Grosvenor 72.4
Wynnstay 72.2
Gwersyllt West 71.5

There is also a near-UK wide ward by ward visualisation:

As there are two definitions used above, this is a useful guide from the ONS:

Life expectancy
Life expectancy at birth is the average number of years that would be lived by babies born in a given time period if mortality levels at each age remain constant. Similarly, life expectancy at age 65 is the average number of remaining years of life that a man or woman aged 65 will have if mortality levels at each age over 65 remain constant.

Healthy life expectancy
Healthy life expectancy at birth is an estimate of the average number of years babies born this year would live in a state of ‘good’ general health if mortality levels at each age, and the level of good health at each age, remain constant in the future. Similarly, healthy life expectancy at age 65 is the average number of remaining years a man or woman aged 65 will live in ‘good general health’ if mortality levels and the level of good health at each age beyond 65 remain constant in the future. The healthy life expectancy measure adds a ‘quality of life’ dimension to estimates of life expectancy by dividing it into time spent in different states of health. Health status estimates are based on the following survey question; ‘How is your health in general; would you say it was… very good, good, fair, bad, or very bad’. If a respondent answered ‘very good’ or ‘good’ they were classified as having ‘good’ health. Those who answered ‘fair’, ‘bad’, or ‘very bad’ were classified as having ‘not good’ health and equate to those in ’poor’ health in this chapter.

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