What is the life expectancy where you live in Norfolk and Waveney?

PUBLISHED: 14:04 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:04 29 November 2016

Vi Malin is Norfolk's oldest woman at 110. Picture: Ian Burt

Vi Malin is Norfolk's oldest woman at 110. Picture: Ian Burt

Baby boys born in South Norfolk can expect to live three years longer than those born a few miles away in Great Yarmouth, according to new figures showing stark differences in life expectancy.

Life expectancy is 81 years for baby boys born between 2013 and 2015 in South Norfolk compared to just under 78 in Great Yarmouth, according to data published on Tuesday from the Office for National Statistics.

There are also large differences across Norfolk’s different council areas for life expectancy of girls.

Girls born in the same period can expect to live to 82.4 years in Great Yarmouth but in North Norfolk, which has the highest life expectancy in the county, that number rises to 84.5 years.

Great Yarmouth also had the lowest number in the county when it came to life expectancy of people aged 65 during that period, living two years less than men of the same age elsewhere in Norfolk.

Men in the borough can expect to live for another 18.1 years once they reach 65 with women living slightly longer at 20.9.

South Norfolk has the longest life expectancy for men aged 65 expecting to live for a further 20.1 years.

North Norfolk has the highest for women at 22.3 years.

The data shows how life expectancy is linked to deprivation. The three areas of Norfolk with the highest amount of deprivation - Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn and Norwich, all had the lowest life expectancies.

The areas with the least deprivation - South Norfolk, North Norfolk and Broadland - had the highest.

The average life expectancy in Norfolk has risen almost every year since 2001.

For men it is now 80.2 years and for women it is 83.6 years. Both figures are high than the national average of 79.2 and 82.9.

The oldest woman in Norfolk

At 110-years-old Vi Malin from King’s Lynn is the oldest person in Norfolk and the fourth oldest in the country.

Born in Ipswich, Mrs Malin later moved with her family to Sheffield, where her father was a pub landlord.

At the age of 10, Mrs Malin said she remembered her father taking her outside to watch a German Zeppelin bombing parts of Sheffield.

The 110-year-old, who worked at a shoe shop and as a debt collector during the Second World War, met her husband at 18. The pair later moved to Lynn to be closer to Norfolk and Cambridgeshire family.

On her birthday in March of this year she said: “I never count the years, they just come and go. I have always had such good health but I didn’t think I would live to this age.”

But Mrs Malin still has some way to go if she wants to beat Emma Morano, the world’s oldest woman who turned 117 today at her home in Italy.


  • I like to know how we fair to the rest of the country myself... I live in Yarmouth, but all numbers are going up and not down.. even with the "Very large"people in town and all that fast food, we are still some how living longer ?

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    Alan Sowle

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Interesting stats, but what is the data based on? Does it only include people born in Norfolk and Suffolk or are all residents included. My mother moved from Hampshire last year at the age of 92, so she will have distorted the Breckland figures slightly if she were included, and I'm sure she is not the only example. Similarly Hamphire's figures may well have gone down as a result.

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