Scottish Cities

Male life expectancy at birth compared across selected Scottish cities
Male LE Scot cities 2018 20
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Despite overall rises in life expectancy in the last 20 years across Scotland, male life expectancy in Glasgow remains considerably lower than in other Scottish cities. In the period shown, 2018-2020, increased mortality due to the Covid-19 pandemic (which began in early 2020) has led to a sharp reduction in life expectancy. In 2018-20, a boy born in Glasgow was estimated to be likely to live for 73.1 years, which is 5.1 years less than in Edinburgh and 3.7 years less than in Scotland as a whole.

Female life expectancy at birth compared across selected Scottish cities
Female LE Scot cities 2018 20
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Female life expectancy has increased overall across Scotland over the last 20 years, but female life expectancy in Glasgow remains lower than in other Scottish cities and has started to reduce in recent years. In the period shown, 2018-2020, increased mortality due to the Covid-19 pandemic (which began in early 2020) has led to a further reduction in life expectancy. In 2018-20, a girl born in Glasgow was estimated to be likely to live for 78.3 years, 4.1 years less than in Edinburgh and 2.7 years less than in Scotland as a whole.

Notes

The data underlying these graphs come from National Records of Scotland.

In August 2021 the GCPH published Health in a changing city: Glasgow 2021a report that examined demographic, socio-economic, environmental and health trends in Glasgow over the last two decades and included trends in life expectancy by neighbourhood and by deprivation were included.

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