Interactive graphic: See region’s differing mortality rates
PUBLISHED: 13:27 25 June 2014 | UPDATED: 13:33 25 June 2014
A new interactive map allows users to see differing mortality rates across our region - and compare them with the rest of the country.
The analysis of death rates has been released by the Office of National Statistics. It shows stark distinctions across the country, with differences in income, employment and health credited with having an impact on the life chances in different areas.
In 2012 - the most recent year covered by the analysis - the average mortality rate in the UK was 538.6 deaths per 100,000 people. The rate was lower in England (523.9), but 567.8 in Wales, 640.1 in Scotland and 567 in Northern Ireland.
The interactive map has data going back to 2001, showing how age-standardised mortality rates have changed over the past decade.
In England, the North East had the highest mortality rate with 592.9 deaths per 100,000 population, while the lowest was in the South East with 482.8 deaths.
The local authority in England with the highest Age-Standardised Mortality Rate was Blackpool (721.0 deaths per 100,000 population) while Christchurch had the lowest (379.6 deaths per 100,000 population).
The ONS said: “Substantial variation in mortality rates between different local areas reflects underlying differences in factors such as income deprivation, socio-economic status and health behaviour (for example smoking and alcohol consumption).”
Use the map to find out the death rate in our region
Slide the bar along to see how mortality rates changed between 2001 and 2012.
Or type in your postcode to see what the rate was in your local area. The graphics can also be used to compare death rates among men and women.