Thursday 23 February 2017

The town where girls live to 119

Newborn girls in a Suffolk suburb can expect to live to 119, according to a statistical anomaly
Newborn girls in a Suffolk suburb can expect to live to 119, according to a statistical anomaly

Newborn girls in one suburb can expect to live to the age of 119 - almost 40 years longer than national predicted lifespan.

But while the figures released by Office of National Statistics may seem like good news for the women of Moreton Hall, on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, they have been dismissed as a statistical anomaly.

The forecast is based on numbers of deaths over a five-year period, and small changes in local death rates can distort the figures.

When combined with the predicted lifespan of 81 for boys born in the suburb, the estimated average life expectancy is 93.

The national predicted lifespan for boys is 77.7 years for a newborn boy and 81.9 for a girl.

Moreton Hall has a population of 7,000 people.

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