The secret to living a long and healthy life is to be a wealthy woman in Galway according to the Central Statistic Office.
The Mortality Differentials In Ireland 2016/17 study said that Galway city and suburbs along with Dublin have the lowest standardised death rates in Ireland.
And shocking absolutely no-one the research study found that living in deprivation negatively impacts your expected lifespan.
In women there is a four and half year difference in expected lifespan between people living in the most deprived areas and the least, and the gap for men is five years.
The newly released information from the CSO also shows that women have a longer lifespan than man of 3.5 years no matter their circumstances.
On average, women in Ireland live for 85.5 years according to the CSO, while men’s average lifespan is 82 years.
Commenting on the research paper, Carol Anne Hennessy, Statistician, said “Those engaged in unskilled and semi-skilled work have a higher standardised mortality rate than managerial, technical and professional workers, with mortality rates ranging from 482 to 796 per 100,000 persons in 2016.”
“Married persons have a lower standardised death rate, 699 per 100,000 compared to those that never married, 972 per 100,000 persons, while divorced or separated persons have a mortality rate of 855 per 100,000 persons.”
She added that as the recorded level of education goes up, the standardised mortality rates drops.
“Those that ceased full-time education at primary level had a standardised mortality rate of 1,195 per 100,000 persons compared to 619 per 100,000 persons for those that ceased education at third level.”
And Galway and Dublin are the best places to have long twilight years with standardised death rates of 484 and 596 respectively per 100,000 people.
That’s a hell of a lot better than Cork, which has a death rate of 722 per 100,000 according to Carol Anne Hennessy.