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Release: Focus on Older People, Older People's Day 2011

Released: 29 September 2011


Emma Wright

Mortality and Ageing Analysis Unit

Telephone: 01329 444512

Categories: Population, Ageing, Older People

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

  • Life expectancy in the UK has reached its highest level on record for both males and females, 78.1 years at birth for males and 82.1 years at birth for females (2008-2010)

  • The number of centenarians in the UK in 2010 was estimated to be 12,640; a five fold increase on the 1980 estimate of 2,500

  • At 4.1 years, the UK has the smallest gap between male and female life expectancy across the EU-27 countries

In this release

The Older People's Day 2011 statistical bulletin brings together new data releases of the 2010 mid-year population estimates of the very elderly (including centenarians) and the 2008-2010 national life tables by single year of age, and further analysis of previously released data to give a picture of the older population (aged 65 and over) in the UK.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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