Life expectancy map for London

A mash-up of London borough boundaries with projected life expectancies for males born now … well in 2009. I created this from some data freely available online (though kindly cleaned up and annotated, credit to follow) and the free Googlemaps API. Tower Hamlets comes predictably low down. Discuss. A few points about the breakdown of data. The comparisons are with Glasgow and Kensington and Chelsea, with the former having the lowest median death rate for men, K&C the highest. The most shocking stat, I guess, is that life expectancy can vary so dramatically between two London boroughs four miles apart, though there are many confounding factors: not least of which, that the rich and privileged gravitate to Kensington and Chelsea, rather than living in K&C being necessarily good for your health. Obvious, but worth pointing out.

One Response to Life expectancy map for London

  1. David Sankey says:

    Not really shocking. in fact life expectancy varies hugely within boroughs as well as between them. Compare with this stained glass made from the “happiness” index for London http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidsankey/9047545667/ Alas, we live in a very divided world

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