Australia’s age gap: luck at birth can mean nine years extra life

People born into the lowest socio-economic parts of society will live, on average, nine years less than someone born into the most advantaged parts of society.

The government actuary broke down average lifespans based on socio-economic background for men and women, at birth, at age 25, 65 and 85. At birth, a boy born in the most socially-disadvantaged 10 per cent of the population can expect an average lifespan of 75.9 years. But one born in the most socially-advantaged 10 per cent of population can look forward to 84.6 years. At age 25, the gap is even wider. The most socially-disadvantaged men can expect another 51.6 years of life while among the top 10 per cent, young men can expect another 60.1 years.

Source: Australia’s age gap: luck at birth can mean nine years extra life

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