Islington the fourth-worst borough for a long life – if you’re a man

Photo by Yuriy Akopov, reproduced under creative common license
Photo by Yuriy Akopov, reproduced under creative common license
Photo by Yuriy Akopov, reproduced under creative common license 

Islington is the fourth-worst borough in London for a long life – if you’re a man. According to a new analysis of life expectancy data from the 2011 census Islington’s average male life expectancy is 77.83, almost two years below the average of 79.63.

The data is given is divided up by NHS Clinical Commissioning group boundaries, which roughly trace London boroughs but group City and Hackney as one.

Of the 32 jurisdictions only Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Tower Hamlets have lower average lifespans for men.

Women in Islington have a better life expectancy than men – 83.22 years – reflecting the universal trend of women living longer.

Islington is a lowly 11th on the women’s league table however and women in the borough are still living for fewer years than the 83.81 average.

When figures are combined for both genders Islington is 7th at 80.52 years. The average across the capital is 81.71.

The animation below shows maps for these three sets of statistics, just note that the colours represent a third of the range for each data set.

This is because the lowest life expectancy for a woman is higher than the lowest for a man – terrible for any colour-scheme co-ordination.

For the overall average I took a median of both male and female scores, so it will not be 100% accurate.

Red marks the areas with the lowest life expectancy and yellow the highest.


There also appears to be a correlation between the boroughs with lower life expectancies and those with higher scores on the deprivation index, which would be expected.

Tower Hamlets scores lowest both on the deprivation stakes and life expectancy while Islington scores consistently low: 6th most deprived and 7th lowest life expectancy (4th lowest for men, 11th lowest for women).

Click on the different boroughs in the map to reveal their rank /32 for both deprivation and life expectancy – as above the boundaries are those of the NHS CCGs, to which the life expectancy data applies.

The indicators used to quantify deprivation combine a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England”. 

Such figures highlight the importance of a balanced economic recovery and further support the growing clamour for solutions to Britain’s dearth of affordable housing.

In case you want more data, here are the interactive maps for women, for men and for both. Here is the ONS dataset I used for my analysis and here is the google spreadsheet I made. Enjoy!