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Life expectancy continuing to increase in Northern Ireland

By Claire Williamson

Life expectancy is continuing to increase for both men and women in Northern Ireland, according to new figures released.

In 2016, 36 percent of the 15,430 people who died were aged under 75 compared with 50 percent thirty years in 1986.

Cancer continued to be the leading cause of death in 2016 accounting for 29 percent of all deaths, with the number of such deaths among males and females increasing by 0.5 per cent and 8 per cent respectively since the previous year.

In terms of population change, the resident population of Northern Ireland rose by 10,500 people to reach 1.862 million in the year ending June 30 2016.

At 14 percent, net inward migration accounted for a noticeably lower percentage of the growth in Northern Ireland than was the case in the rest of the UK.

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