Shorter lives for men in town

LIFE expectancy of men in Hartlepool is shorter than the rest of the North-East.

Boys born in the town between 2008 and last year will on average live until they are 75.9 years old, more than two years down on the national average of 78.2 years.

The life expectancy of women in the town is 81 years, higher than that of Middlesbrough, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

That is still more than a year short of the national women’s average life expectancy of 82.3 years.

The new figures, released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), show that although life expectancy in the North-East is lower than anywhere else, the gap is slowly getting smaller.

Life expectancy of men in County Durham is 77 years, while women are expected to live, on average, until they are 81 years old.

Stockton has an average life expectancy of 76.3 years for men and 81.8 years for women.

Men and women in North Yorkshire are expected to live longer than anywhere else in the North-East with an average expectancy of 79.7 years and 83.7 years respectively.

Scotland has the shortest UK expectancy, where men are predicted to average 75.8 years and women, 80.4 years.