Rural England

Premature death

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • Somewhat fewer people in rural districts die prematurely than in urban districts.  For men, the rural rate is around 25% lower than the urban rate whilst, for women, the difference is around 15%.
  • The rate of premature death for women is much less than that for men.
  • As in urban districts, the rate of premature death in rural districts has fallen over the last decade.
  • For an analysis of variations in life expectancy between rural and urban areas, see Health Statistics Quarterly 46 (2010).
  • See the UK indicator on premature death.

Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have ‘better scores’ than urban areas.  The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are ‘a bit better’ and those where rural areas are ‘a lot better’.  It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics.  So, for example, a rural ‘score’ of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

Type of district 2009 1999
Men Women Total Men Women Total
'Very rural' districts7 8 8 7 8 8
'Mostly rural' districts8 9 8 8 9 8
'Part rural' districts8 9 8 8 9 9

Definitions and data sources

The graphs

For each type of local authority district, the first graph shows the number of deaths of people aged under 65 per 100,000 population aged under 65 in the latest year, with the data shown separately for males and females.  The data has been standardised to a constant European age structure.

For each type of local authority district, the second graph shows how the number of deaths (males and females combined) in the latest year compares with the number for a decade earlier.  Again, the data has been standardised to a constant European age structure.

Level of the data

Lower tier local authorities (districts), as classified by the DEFRA 2009 classification system.  Both the DEFRA classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.

Source

ONS Mortality Statistics Division (the data is not publicly available).

The numbers

Type of district 2009 1999
Men Women Total Men Women Total
'Very rural' districts172 116 144 207 138 172
'Mostly rural' districts184 123 153 218 147 182
'Part rural' districts188 125 157 235 153 194
Urban districts234 141 188 285 170 228