These suburbs are where the residents have the highest life expectancy

Life expectancy in Australia has reached record highs with a boy born today expected to live to 80.7 years and a girl to 84.9 years, according to the figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

At first glance, it might seem like not much, but dig deeper and there is a much more important story to tell including the fact that where you live affects your life expectancy.

So let’s take a look at the numbers…

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in the past 10 years, life expectancy has increased by 1.5 years for males and 1.2 years for females in Australia.

Life ExpectancyThis increase in life expectancy at birth reflects declining death rates at most ages and represents the average number of years that a newborn baby could expect to live, assuming current age-specific death rates are experienced through his/her lifetime.

What’s interesting with the latest data is that in recent years life expectancy for males has improved at a faster rate than that for women.

Perhaps as men finally start to take responsibility for some of their less than healthy habits such as smoking or a bad diet.

Around 50 years ago (1965-67), life expectancy at birth in Australia was 67.6 years for males and 74.2 years for females, a gap of 6.6 years.

The gap has now narrowed to 4.2 years in 2016-2018.

Of course, some of the reasons for improvements in life expectancy include, but are not limited to, improved health services, safer working environments, and medical and technological advances.

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Where we live matters

What I found more interesting from the data, though, was that there were significant differences in life expectancy depending on where you live.

In short – or long as it seems to be – our nation’s most affluent areas also boast the highest life expectancy rates.

Clearly, some of the reasons for this is that residents in these locations generally have professional vocations, which creates less of a tax on their bodies over the years.

On top of that, they generally have more funds available for medical treatment when needed.

Life expectancy by region:

SA4 region

Males

Females

Persons

Sydney – North Sydney and Hornsby

85.3

88.1

86.7

Melbourne – Inner East

85.3

87.7

86.5

Sydney – Baulkham Hills and Hawkesbury

84.6

87.5

86.0

Sydney – Ryde

84.8

86.8

85.8

Sydney – Northern Beaches

84.2

86.9

85.5

Sydney – Inner West

83.2

87.6

85.4

Sydney – Eastern Suburbs

83.4

86.9

85.1

Sydney – Sutherland

83.3

86.7

85.0

Melbourne – Inner South

83.4

86.7

85.0

Brisbane – West

83.8

86.2

85.0

Melbourne – Inner

83.2

86.7

84.9

Adelaide – Central and Hills

82.8

86.8

84.7

Source: ABS– 3302.0.55.001 – LIFE TABLES, STATES, TERRITORIES AND AUSTRALIA, 2016-2018

There are also differences between states and territories as well, with Victoria coming out on top for life expectancy and the Northern Territory at the bottom.

In essence, the exact opposite of their geographical locations in Australia!

Life expectancy at birth, Sex, States and territories – 2006-2008 and 2016-2018


State or territory of usual residence

2006-2008

2016-2018(a)

Increase over 10 years

Males

Females

Males

Females

Males

Females

years

years

years

years

years

years


New South Wales

79.2

83.9

80.6

84.9

1.4

1.0

Victoria

79.6

83.9

81.7

85.3

2.1

1.4

Queensland

78.9

83.7

80.2

84.7

1.3

1.0

South Australia

79.2

83.8

80.4

84.7

1.2

0.9

Western Australia

79.3

84.0

80.5

85.1

1.2

1.1

Tasmania

77.7

82.3

79.3

83.2

1.6

0.9

Northern Territory

72.6

78.4

75.5

80.2

2.9

1.8

Australian Capital Territory

80.1

84.0

81.2

85.3

1.1

1.3

Australia(b)

79.2

83.7

80.7

84.9

1.5

1.2


Where do we rank in the world?

Life Expectancy AustraliaThere is no question that Australians are living longer than they ever have before.

In fact, our average longevity is now among the best in the world!

While the Swiss and Japanese have the highest life expectancy for males in the world, Aussie men are not far behind at number five.

Indeed, our average is only a miniscule half a year behind the world leaders, which is hardly here nor there when you’ve been alive for eight or more decades.

Male life expectancy estimates at birth and at age 65 for selected countries(a)


Country Year At birth At age 65

Switzerland(b) 2016 81.2 19.7
Japan(c) 2016 81.1 19.6
Singapore(d) 2018 81.0 19.3
Sweden(e) 2018 80.8 19.1
Australia(f) 2016 to 2018 80.7 19.9
New Zealand(g) 2016 to 2018 80.2 19.6
France(h) 2018 79.4 19.4
UK(i) 2016 to 2018 79.3 18.6
USA(j) 2016 76.0 18.1

Source: ABS

Australian women also took out the number five spot in female life expectancy estimates at birth at 84.9 years, just a handful of years fewer than in Japan

Female life expectancy estimates at birth and at age 65 for selected countries(a)


Country Year At birth At age 65

Japan(b) 2016 87.1 24.4
Singapore(c) 2018 85.4 22.6
France(d) 2018 85.3 23.2
Switzerland(e) 2016 85.2 22.4
Australia(f) 2016 to 2018 84.9 22.6
Sweden(g) 2018 84.3 21.6
New Zealand(h) 2016 to 2018 83.6 21.7
UK(i) 2016 to 2018 82.9 21.0
USA(j) 2016 81.0 20.7

What does it all mean?

Like all statistics, you can see what you want to see in these numbers, and I’m guessing most of us are happy that we have a few more decades of life ahead of us.

However it should remind us that we’re living in the best country in the world at the best time in history.

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