Choosing to buy property and live in the south could improve your longevity, or so researchers say.
According to statistics published in the report, Changing UK, people living in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight live longer than anywhere else in the UK. Changing UK investigated how life has changed in the UK over the last 40 years, using data from censuses and other key sources, and was carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield.
22% of people living in the south were found to be pensioners and the southern population has increased by 15% since 1981 – making it the fourth highest area rise in the UK.
The study highlighted that house prices in the south are the second highest in the UK, after London, and that those who move to the south to retire are likely to be higher income earners. This may in part explain why people living in this area live longer, as there could be a correlation between income and life expectancy.