How country living could boost your lifespan by 3½ years

The Necropolis looms over Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin
The Necropolis looms over Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin
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PEOPLE born in rural and remote parts of Scotland are likely to have longer lives than those coming from cities, a new report on life expectancy has found.

The Registrar General said life expectancy for males born in remote rural areas is 79.5 years, 3.5 years longer than those from large urban areas.

We need to make sure the difference is lessened over time by doing key things like pushing up standards in inner city schools.”

ALEX JOHNSTONE MSP

Female life expectancy was also highest in rural parts of the country, at 82.7 years - 2.1 years longer than large cities, where life expectancy is at its lowest. The findings also confirmed people in the most prosperous areas were more likely to live longer than those in more deprived areas of the country.

Male and female life expectancy was highest in affluent East Dunbartonshire, where men can expect to live for 80.7 years, 7.3 years longer than the average age in Glasgow of 73.4 years.

Women in East Dunbartonshire can expect to live for 83.9 years, 5.2 years longer than in West Dunbartonshire at 78.7 years - the lowest figure for Scotland.

Conservative MSP Alex Johnsstone said the findings showed people in cities were being “disadvantaged” and facing growing “deprivation”.

Mr Johnstone, whose North East region covers Aberdeen and rural Aberdeenshire, said: “We need to make sure the difference is lessened over time by doing key things like pushing up standards in inner city schools.”