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ONS releases age-standardised mortality rates for 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the age-standardised mortality rate (ASMR) for 2015. The UK saw 1,010.0 deaths per 100,000 population.

For England the ASMR was 986.6 deaths per 100,000 population, compared with 1,064.4 in Wales, 1,177.3 in Scotland and 1,045.2 in Northern Ireland.

The North East had the highest ASMR among the regions of England in 2015, with 1,128.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

The South East had the lowest ASMR among the regions of England in 2015, with 912.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

The local authority in England with the highest ASMR was Blackpool (1,380.9 deaths per 100,000 population) while City of London had the lowest (542.1 deaths per 100,000 population).

In Wales, Blaenau Gwent had the highest ASMR (1,195.4 deaths per 100,000 population) while Monmouthshire had the lowest (896.5 deaths per 100,000 population).

In Scotland, Glasgow City had the highest ASMR (1,448.7 deaths per 100,000 population) while East Dunbartonshire had the lowest (926.9 deaths per 100,000 population).

In Northern Ireland, Belfast had the highest ASMR (1,200.8 deaths per 100,000 population) while Causeway Coast and Glens had the lowest (955.8 deaths per 100,000 population).

The substantial variation in mortality rates between different local areas reflects underlying differences in factors such as income deprivation, socio-economic position and health behaviour (for further information see Health state life expectancies, UK: 2013 to 2015. )

The full ‘Deaths registered in the UK, by area of usual residence: 2015’ is available at https://www.ons.gov.uk/releases/deathsregisteredintheukbyareaofusualresidence2015.

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