WIGAN women are dying a decade before those residents of leafier parts of England, according to official data.
Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics showed the life expectancy for children born in England and Wales.
As far as long life is concerned, poor health makes Wigan one the worst places in England to be a woman.
Life expectancy at birth for girls in the city was 80.8 years – compared to the ripe age of 86 which women from Dorset, Kensington and Richmond were expected to reach.
However, Wigan is still better off than many other areas of Greater Manchester. Manchester is the worst in the country with an average life expectancy for women of 79.3 years. Salford has the seventh worst life expectancy with girls predicted to live an average 80.4 years and Tameside 11th worst at 80.5.
And the figures were not much better for men.
In Wigan men have a life expectancy of 77.1 years. Blackpool was revealed as England’s top death spot for men, with a life expectancy of only 73.8 years. But Manchester was only just behind, when men were expected to live until only 74 – nine years less than residents in rural East Dorset.
The figures show the average number of years a newborn boy or girl would be expected to live according to the area’s current mortality rates. Life expectancy at birth has been used as a measure of the nation’s health since the 1840s. Health experts say the figures point to a clear north-south health divide.