How long you can expect to live based on your Merseyside area

Figures revealed this week show people living in Bootle can expect to live an average of 12 years less than those living in Ainsdale.

But what is the life expectancy in the part of Merseyside where you live?

Merseyside has long lagged behind other parts of the country in terms of life expectancy, part of a much larger divide between north and south.

Information from the Office for National Statistics has shown that Liverpool has the fourth lowest life expectancy in the country on average, behind only Blackpool, Manchester and Middlesborough.

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Political figures in the city have often laid the blame for low life expectancy on austerity and cuts to health and social care services.

Men and women living in Liverpool have an average life expectancy of 76.2 years and 80.3 years, respectively.

But there are wide gaps depending on where in the city you live.

People living in Mossley Hill (Church ward), for example, have an average life span of 85.9 years, while for those living in Kirkdale it’s just 74.6 years – a gap of more than a decade.

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Other parts of the region have a mix of figures, too.


Life expectancy in Wirral has increased over recent decades.

A baby boy born today can expect to live to 78 and a baby girl to 82.

The average person in the borough can expect to live to 80.1 years of age.

But again, there are large differences in life expectancy across the borough, with poorer areas having a considerably lower life expectancy than those in more affluent parts.

People living in deprived areas not only have shorter lives on average, they also tend to spend more years of life in poor health.

The average life span in Heswall, for example, is 86.5 years. But for those living in the Bidston and St James ward, it is just 75.


People living in Sefton can expect to live to around 80.5 years of age.

While Sefton is known as being a bit of a mixed bag, an analysis of council data has shown stark differences between the most affluent and poorest parts of the borough.

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As stated above, figures show that those living in Ainsdale ward (Southport) are considerably better off than those living in Linacre ward (Bootle).


The average life expectancy for those in Knowsley is 76.6 for men, and 80.2 for women.

Northwood ward has the lowest estimated life span in the borough – 72.8 years and 76.8 years for men and women, respectively.

Halewood North has the highest average life expectancies – 80.7 years for men, and 83.8 years for women.

St Helens

For 2017-2019, life expectancy at birth was significantly worse in St Helens than the England average.

Across the borough, life expectancy between 2017 and 2019 was 78 years for males and 81.4 years for females.

For males, there is 10.4 years difference between the wards with the highest (Rainford, 82 years) and lowest (Town Centre, 71.6 years) life expectancy.

For females, there is 9.2 years difference between Rainford (85.1 years) and Parr (75.9 years).