People in the country live two years longer

A new report from the Office for National Statistics might get Britons thinking about making a DIY will as it reveals that people living in the country live up to two years longer than those in cities.

The study found that life expectancy in England was 76.9 years for males and 81.3 years for women, but for those in the country life expectancy was higher.

It also showed that deprivation was a key factor in how long people live.

People living in the most deprived areas of England were found to live for nearly eight years less than well-off men, with a 5.4-year gap in women.

Commenting on the study, campaigns director for the Countryside Alliance Robert Gray said: "It comes as no surprise that living in the countryside can lead to a longer life.

"The benefits of fresh air have been well documented since pre-Victorian times, when doctors used to send patients to the country to get some colour back in their cheeks."

However he noted that the countryside can hide away a lot of deprivation.

Posted by Morag Lyall

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Published on: May 28, 2010

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