UK Cities

Male life expectancy, Glasgow compared to selected other UK cities
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Male life expectancy in Glasgow, while improving overall over the last 25 years, remains lower than in other cities in the UK. In 2018-20, a boy born in Glasgow was estimated to be likely to live for 73.1 years, over 5 years longer than in the early 1990s, but was still 3 years less than in Manchester and 5.5 years less than in Sheffield.

The graph also illustrates that improvements in life expectancy levelled off in recent years. 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 across UK cities. 

Female life expectancy, Glasgow compared to selected other UK cities
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Female life expectancy in Glasgow, while it has improved over the last 25 years, remains lower than in other cities in the UK. In 2018-20, a girl born in Glasgow was estimated to be likely to live for 78.3 years, 3 years longer than in the early 1990s, but still nearly 1.5 years less than in Manchester and 4.3 years less than in Bristol.

The graph also illustrates that improvements in life expectancy have levelled off in recent years. 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 in UK cities.

In the vast majority of countries and cities, women live longer than men. However, the gap in life expectancy at birth between men and women has narrowed in all of the selected cities (shown above) over the last 20 years. In Glasgow the life expectancy gap between women and men has narrowed by nearly 2 years over a 25 year period from 6.8 years to 5.1 years.

Notes

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

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.

Additional Resources

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    Thursday, 26 May 2011

    Your Better Life Index

    A new, interactive index allowing users to measure and compare their lives.
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    Wednesday, 18 May 2011

    Investigating a 'Glasgow Effect'

    Why do equally deprived UK cities experience different health outcomes?
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    Monday, 14 February 2011

    Population with a Disability in Glasgow

    2008 Estimates for Glasgow City, Community Planning Partnership areas and Social Work Services Planning areas.
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    Sunday, 1 November 2009

    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
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    Wednesday, 19 August 2009

    A Games Legacy for Glasgow

    Brochure outlining the potential legacy of Glasgow's role as Commonwealth Games host city in 2014.
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    Friday, 17 July 2009

    Views of Health in Glasgow - Video

    Originally, produced for an international audience at a conference in Pittsburgh, USA, this film provides insights on health concerns and beliefs drawn from interviews with Glaswegians themselves and with a group of health experts.
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    Monday, 3 April 2006

    Let Glasgow Flourish

    A comprehensive report on health and its determinants in Glasgow and West Central Scotland
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