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How long people live for

Life expectancy:  For males born in Herefordshire in 2014/16 the average life expectancy is 80.1 years, while for females it is 83.6 years.  Both figures have declined slightly since 2012/14, but for males is similar to England and higher than the West Midlands region and for females, higher than for both.

Healthy Life Expectancy:  In 2014/16 the healthy life expectancy in Herefordshire was 67.4 years for males and 66.5 years for females, both higher than the national figures.

Figure 1:  Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth in Herefordshire and England.

Chart showing life expectancy and healthy life expectancy in Herefordshire and England by gender

Data source:  Public Health England.

People born in the most deprived 10% of areas in Herefordshire have a shorter life expectancy at birth than those living in the least deprived 10% by an average of 3.9 years for males and an average of 2.6 years for females.  However, this gap is one of the smallest among counties with a similar level of overall deprivation to Herefordshire.