The Office of National Statistics is supposed to be a font of all knowledge about the demographics of the UK. However, a note of caution is needed if you are thinking of moving house to relocate to a healthier location in this country. They don’t seem to be able to make up their minds and their advice changes with each new analysis of the same figures – the 2011 census data.
Back in 2010 based on their information, I could have been tempted to move to Dorset where people live longer than anywhere else in Britain. Fortunately, I didn’t rush into anything because when I visited there this year, the traffic was terrible and there were bungalows everywhere. (You can see the post by clicking in the Archive on May 2010).
Then in 2012 a new interpretation of the figures suggested Somerset as a better bet for longevity (see “Move to the Country” in the Archive – 25 April 2012). I guess it could be drinking lots of cider with Rosie 😀. A word of caution though, be careful of the floods on the Somerset levels, they are evidently too level.
Four years further on and yet another analysis of the same figures in a new report recommends Wokingham in Berkshire or Richmond upon Thames are the best places to be. I wish these people would make up their minds!
These are the two best places to live a healthier lifespan – 70 years of good health (plus untold years of bad health ?). For men, all the top five places for good health are in Berkshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire. For women, the best place of all is the Orkney Islands. So I can see this latest advice could lead to a few marriage breakdowns 🙂
No mention of Dorset or Somerset at all. I guess the traffic fumes or the floods must have got to quite a few people. Or, if they have been acting on the information, it is probably all the stress and strain of constantly moving house that has done for them in the end.