Women Outliving Men
Life expectancy continues to improve
Expectation of life at birth: by gender
In the United Kingdom in 2004 women were continuing to live longer than men.
Boys and girls born in 2004 could expect on average to live to 77 and 81 years of age respectively. This contrasts with the turn of the last century when boys born in 1901 could expect to live to 45, and girls to 49. The increase in life expectancy at birth has increased between 1970 and 2004 by eight years for males and six years for females.
Over more recent years, the increase in life expectancy among older adults has been particularly dramatic. Between 1970 and 2004, life expectancy at age 65 in England and Wales increased by four and a half years for men and three and a half years for women.
By 2004, men who were aged 65 could expect to live to the age of 82, while women could expect to live to the age of 85 on average. The latest (2004-based) projections suggest that these expectations will increase by around a further three years by 2021.
Source: Government Actuary’s Department
Notes: The expectation of life at a given age in a given year quoted above is defined as the average number of years which a person could be expected to live, if their rate of mortality at each age were those experienced in that calendar year, and hence do not allow for any actual or projected changes in mortality in later years.