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Revealed: Life expectancy of men and women in each of Northern Ireland's council areas

Men in Northern Ireland's most-deprived areas can expect to live seven fewer years than their counterparts in more affluent areas.

New figures from the Department of Health measures mortality in Northern Ireland in a period between 2013 and 2015 in comparison with other parts of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, as well as between different groups within Northern Ireland.

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The data also compares life-expectancy in the different regions of Northern Ireland, with the province divided up by district council areas.

One of the starkest gaps revealed in the data is the difference between people living in Northern Ireland's least- and most-deprived areas.

Male life expectancy in Northern Ireland's most deprived areas was 74.1 years - 7 years less than those living in the least-deprived areas.

For women, those in the most deprived areas could expect to live 4.7 years less than their counterparts in the least-deprived areas.

The difference in mortality between Northern Ireland's most- and least-deprived groups was put down to cancer, circulatory diseases and suicide for men, and cancer and circulatory diseases for women.

Across the province those living in a rural setting could expect to outlive their urban peers - with men living 2.8 years less on average, and women living an average of 2.2 years less.

Between the genders, men in Northern Ireland could expect to live four fewer years than their female counterparts.

Regional breakdown

When it came to Northern Ireland's regions, life-expectancy for men in Belfast (75.9 years) and in Derry (77.3 years) were the only two places that registered ages below the average. The area with the longest life expectancy for men was Lisburn and Castlereagh, where men could expect to live to 79.9 years.

For women Belfast (81 years), Derry and Strabane (81.7 years), and Antrim and Newtownabbey (82 years) all registered lifespans below the regional average.

Lisburn and Castlereagh also registered the longest lifespan for women, at 83.3 years.

Life expectancy for men across Northern Ireland:

Belfast: 75.9 years

Derry and Strabane: 77.3 years

Fermanagh and Omagh: 78.4 years

Mid and East Antrim: 78.5 years

Antrim and Newtownabbey: 78.6 years

Newry, Mourne, and Down: 78.7 years

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon: 78.8 years

Mid Ulster: 79.3 years

Ards and North Down: 79.4 years

Causeway Coast and Glens: 79.5 years

Lisburn and Castlereagh: 79.9 years

Life expectancy for women across Northern Ireland:

Belfast: 81 years

Derry and Strabane: 81.7 years 

Antrim and Newtownabbey: 82 years

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon: 82.4 years

Newry, Mourne, and Down: 82.4 years

Fermanagh and Omagh: 82.5 years

Mid and East Antrim: 82.7 years

Ards and North Down: 82.7 years

Causeway Coast and Glens: 82.8 years

Mid Ulster: 83.2 years

Lisburn and Castlereagh: 83.3 years 

Northern Ireland by comparison

By comparison with its neighbouring regions, Northern Irish men and women have a shorter life expectancy than their counterparts in England and the Republic of Ireland

The average life expectancy for men in Northern Ireland is 78.3 years, with the average life expectancy for women 82.3 years - figures unchanged from 2012-14.

Since the 1980-82 period, life expectancy in Northern Ireland has grown at a faster rate than any other region of the United Kingdom - going up by 9.1 years for men and 6.8 years for women - but the region still lags behind England and the Republic of Ireland.

Men in Northern Ireland are expected to have a lifespan that is 1.1 years shorter than their counterparts in England due to higher mortality from cancer and suicide.

The difference of 0.8 years between men in Northern Ireland and the Republic is down to higher mortality from cancer, suicide, and mental and behavioural disorders.

Women in Northern Ireland are expected to live 0.8 fewer years than their counterparts in England and one fewer than women in the Republic - with the shorter life expectancy attributed to cancer, maternal and infant conditions, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

While life expectancy was shorter in Northern Ireland than in England and the Republic of Ireland, both men and women here can expect to outlive their counterparts in Scotland, where life expectancy is 77.1 years for men and 81.1 years for women.

Men in Wales outlived their Northern Irish counterparts, with an average lifespan of 78.4 years, while women in Northern Ireland lived for the same length as women in Northern Ireland.

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