As I write this blog sitting in my quiet country cottage garden, I may be about to be joined by thousands of older people. An official report by the Government Office of National Statistics confirms that you are likely to live longer in the country.
It’s something to do with fresh air, healthy lifestyles, oh! and being richer. Only Governments would need to spend money on research to conclude something that is common sense to so many people. Over 2.4 million people have already moved to more rural surroundings. 70% of country dwellers were not born there.
Villages in Dorset have the longest living residents, so you don’t have to spoil my rural tranquility.
However if you’re a 76 year-old man you do need to get moving – in the town you could die any time now but in the country you have two more years ahead of you! (Ladies your figures are 81 in town and 82/83 in the country).
So if you’re reading this and 76, hop on a bus right now and move. Unless of course you have heard of the expression “lies, damned lies and statistics”.