People from affluent areas are living nearly a decade longer than their counterparts in more deprived areas of England, such as Liverpool, Wirral and Knowsley, research has revealed.

Figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) earlier this week, show a huge life expectancy gap between different areas in the country, based on data collected between 2017 and 2019, meaning the coronavirus pandemic is not taken into account.

The data, which goes up to 2019, showed that those who live in wealthier areas are also healthier for longer, as people from affluent areas enjoy almost 20 more years of good health overall.

Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Knowsley, Hull, Manchester and Blackpool are among the places with the highest number of areas of deprivation, reports Mirror Online.

This information is based on a number of factors which include average income, unemployment levels, and variations in healthcare, housing and crime.

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Researchers found that men in some parts of England live an average of 9.4 years longer than those in the poorest areas and that males living in the most deprived areas could expect to live 74.1 years, compared with 83.5 years in wealthier areas.

Data also showed the gap for women was 7.6 years and that life expectancy for females in England's most deprived areas is 78.7, in comparison to 86.4 years in wealthier areas.

Tendring in Essex is the most deprived neighbourhood in the country, according to the government's English Indices of Deprivation, while 12 areas in Blackpool are in the 20 most deprived.

Parts of Liverpool, Burnley, and Wirral are also classified as having the highest levels of deprivation.

Distribution of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2019 by LSOA in England
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data from 2017 to 2019 has revealed huge gaps between rich and poor across the UK

In contrast, Waverley in Surrey was assessed to have the most affluent neighbourhood, followed by an area of South Oxfordshire.

Among the top 10 most affluent locations in the country were areas of Eastleigh, Solihull, St Albans, Chiltern, Wycombe, Wokingham and Aylesbury Vale.

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Data also revealed men born in England's most deprived areas enjoy good health for an average of 52.3 years, compared to 70.7 in affluent areas, amounting to a difference of almost two decades at 18.4 years.

Males in the top 30 per cent most affluent areas can expect to reach 65 while still in good health, while in the bottom 30 per cent of places they are expected to live less than 60 years in good health.

Women in the most deprived areas could expect to live 51.4 years in "good" health compared with 71.2 years in the least deprived areas, which is a difference of 19.8 years in "good" general health.

The ONS said healthy life expectancy is an estimate of lifetime spent in "very good" or "good" health, based on how individuals perceive their general health.

Healthy life expectancy at birth, England, 2017 to 2019
The figures show gaps in the number of years people enjoy in good health
Healthy life expectancy at birth, England, 2017 to 2019
The data reveals gaps in years of good health in men

Figures also show people in less affluent areas are most likely to be classed as disabled at a younger age.

The ONS said disability-free life expectancy (DFLE) at birth is 52.6 years for men in the most deprived areas, compared to 69.4 in wealthier places.

For women this is 50.7 in poorer parts of England compared to 66.5 among their more affluent counterparts.

The ONS report said: "Since 2014 to 2016, there has been a widening of the gap in DFLE at birth between males and females, because of larger decreases in DFLE for females.

"The largest difference between males and females occurred in the least deprived areas, where men can expect to live an additional 2.9 years disability-free than females."