Richest Londoners live 25 years longer than poorest


Nunhead, which has London’s lowest life expectancy

Londoners in wealthy areas live 25 years longer than those in poor ones, with the “shocking” life expectancy gap only widening in recent years.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, urged ministers, health chiefs and the Mayor of London to do more to tackle the disparity.

“Much more needs to be done,” he said.

The poorest areas of London have similar life expectancies to the people of Guatemala, while rich Londoners live longer than the Japanese, who have the world’s highest life expectancies.

Best and worst

For women:

Harrow Road - 97.1 years

Nunhead – 76.3 years

For men:

Hans Town – 95.9 years

Nunhead – 71 years

NB. Live expectancies are for people born 2006-2010.

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