North Norfolk women can boast longevity

North Norfolk has some of the longest-lived women in the country.Latest figures show the area's female population has the highest life expectancy at age 65 in the region, and the 12th highest in any of the 432 districts in the country.

North Norfolk has some of the longest-lived women in the country.

Latest figures show the area's female population has the highest life expectancy at age 65 in the region, and the 12th highest in any of the 432 districts in the country.

At age 65 women will live on average to age 87, while their life expectancy at birth is 84.3 years. Men, by contrast, have a life expectancy of 78.4 at birth, and 83.5 if they make it to the age of 65, which puts the district at 169 and 65th place in the table.

Death rates vary widely around the country, largely because of socio-economic differences and also because of cultural and social trends in different areas. The longest-lived place in the country is wealthy Kensington and Chelsea, and the worst is deprived Glasgow City.

The new figures, published in the Office for National Statistics' Health Statistics Quarterly, also show that death rates for men vary less according to social class in the east of England than in most areas of the country.