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MAKE HEALTH EQUAL IN WALES
Because of things like income, air quality and housing, where you're born can cut your life short by up to
16 years

Discover the life expectancy in your area

The number of years a person can expect to live is affected by many things, from good-quality homes, to neighbourhoods with green space and clean air.

Discover the life expectancy where you live.

HOW DOES LIFE EXPECTANCY COMPARE ACROSS THE UK?
74years
The national average81
90years

LIFE EXPECTANCY

The world around us shapes our health and wellbeing.

From quality homes that are warm and safe, to stable jobs, social connections, and neighbourhoods with green space and clean air, these are the building blocks that have a lasting and positive impact on people’s health, and reduce health inequalities.

In Wales and across the UK, these building blocks are not available to everyone, or not at the quality needed.

Data from the Public Health Outcomes Frameworks for Wales reporting tool.

1 in 4

children in Wales are living in poverty.

Average NO₂ concentration (µg/m³), residential dwellings, Wales, Local Authority, 2021, 13 in Cardiff, 2.6 in Ceredigion, 2.8 in Isle of Anglesey, 2.6 in Gwynedd.

5 times

Air quality varies across Wales with air pollution in Cardiff more than 5 times as high as in other parts of Wales.

84.5% of people able to afford everyday goods and activities, percentage, persons, Wales, 2022/2023 Produced by Public Health Wales using NSfW (WG).

84%

of people in Wales are able to afford everyday goods and activities.

WE ASKED PEOPLE IN CARDIFF WHAT THEY THINK THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY IN THEIR AREA IS, AND THE THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTE MOST TO THEIR HEALTH.

Find out what they said…

WHAT ARE PEOPLE FACING AND HOW DO WE CHANGE THINGS?
  • 'We are run by people with a learning disability and all our front line staff have a learning disability. This results in empowerment which improves people’s mental health'

    Zarah Kaleem, 36, is a Pakistani Muslim born in Newport Gwent, South Wales. Zarah has been part of the People First community since 2008 and is currently employed as a project officer for both Cardiff People First and Newport People First 

    Cardiff People First is a self-advocacy and community advocacy organisation. It is run by and for people with a learning disability in Cardiff, fighting for equality, understanding, respect and acceptance. Together, they campaign to change attitudes, get better services and enjoy more opportunities. 

    Talking about Cardiff People First, Zarah says: ‘I don’t think people with a learning disability are always aware of their rights, that they are entitled to a better quality of life… We are unique because we are run by people with a learning disability and all our front line staff have a learning disability. This results in empowerment which improves people’s mental health.’

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