Reaching the age of 100 is so passé. At this very moment, there are more than 15,000 people in the UK who’ve reached their hundredth year and received that all-important birthday card from the Queen. Sure, 100 is still impressive – average life expectancy across the country is only 81 – but it ain’t quite what it used to be.
These days, it’s all about becoming a supercentenarian, which means that you’ve reached the ripe old age of 110. And the UK has actually had quite a few supercentenarians. A study by care home company Lottie reckons 239 people have reached that age – 224 women and 15 men – in the UK.
Lottie’s study has also revealed where those supercentenarians live (and lived) – thereby also telling us the parts of the UK where people live the longest.
And the place in the UK where people live the longest is… London! Which isn’t that surprising, really. London, being the most populous bit of the UK, logically also has the most supercentenarians. But it’s also, on average, one of the UK’s wealthiest areas, with some of the best access to hospitals and healthcare.
Second in the study comes Surrey, with 16 supercentenarians, followed by Kent with ten. Kent actually had the highest average age of its supercentenarians: 111.2 years, compared with 110.8 in London and 110.63 in Surrey.
Here are the top ten places in the UK where people live the longest, along with the total number of supercentenarians:
- London, 25
- Surrey, 16
- Kent, 10
- West Yorkshire, 9
- Hampshire, 9
- North Yorkshire, 8
- Derbyshire, 7
- Lincolnshire, 7
- Norfolk, 7
- Lancashire, 6
If you’re interested in finding out more, you can read the full study here.