Scottish Cities

Male life expectancy trends for selected Scottish cities
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Estimated male life expectancy at birth in Scotland and in its largest cities has increased overall during the last 25 years, but this improvement has stalled in recent years. At a Scottish level, there was barely any rise in male life expectancy between 2012-2014 and 2017-2019, while in Scotland's largest cities, with the exception of Edinburgh, male life expectancy trends either flattened off or started to reduce. In 2018-2020 increased mortality due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, has led to a sharp reduction in life expectancy. 

There have been persistent differences, or inequalities, in life expectancy across Scotland. Life expectancy in Glasgow increased in the last 25 years, but remains lower than in other Scottish cities. In 2018-20, a boy born in Glasgow was estimated to be likely to live for 73.1 years, 5 years longer than in the early 1990s but 3.7 years less than in Scotland as a whole.

It is notable that Dundee's position has become relatively worse: in 1991-93 male life expectancy in Dundee was only marginally lower than the Scottish average, by 2018-20 male life expectancy was 3 years lower than the Scottish average.   

Female life expectancy trends for selected Scottish cities
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Female life expectancy in Scotland and in its largest cities has increased over the last 25 years but, as for men, the upward trend in life expectancy has flattened off in the last few years and there have been reductions in life expectancy in some cities. In the most recent period shown, 2018-20, increased mortality due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, has led to a further reduction in life expectancy.

Estimated female life expectancy in Glasgow has increased by over 3 years over the last 25 years but is still lower than in other Scottish cities. In 2018-20, a girl born in Glasgow was estimated to be likely to live for 78.3 years, 2.7 years less than in Scotland as a whole. Similarly to the picture for men, there have been reductions in life expectancy among women in Dundee and Glasgow, and to a smaller extent in Aberdeen in the last 3 to 5 years.

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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