Local authority variations in self-assessed general health for males and females, England and Wales, 2011

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
21 November 2013
Health Services
Social welfare
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This brief report describes self-assessed general health by age, gender and administrative geographical areas in England and Wales, using the latest 2011 Census data. Census data helps to describe the characteristics of people and households across areas in detail, giving government, private and voluntary sector organisations information to support planning and decision-making, and enabling public debate.

Among the key points: In the 2011 Census, almost 80 per cent of residents in England and approximately 77 per cent of residents in Wales reported their general health as 'Good'. The 10 local authorities with the highest percentages of 'Good' health were clustered in an area to the south and west of London. The lowest percentage of 'Good' health for males was reported in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, and for females in Tower Hamlets in London. There is a strong relationship between self-assessed 'Good' general health and area deprivation, both in England and Wales.