Differences in healthy life expectancy8 across the city are even more pronounced. There is a healthy life expectancy gap of 22 years for women and 24 years for men between the least and most deprived areas of Cardiff. Satisfaction with health also varies dramatically across the city. Cardiff East has the lowest proportion (66.0%) of residents reporting to be satisfied with their physical health, compared to 78% of residents in Cardiff North.

When considered within the city, life expectancy has increased faster in the most deprived areas of the city in recent years. Healthy life expectancy has increased faster in the least deprived parts of the city. For men living in the most deprived parts of Cardiff, although they are living longer, healthy life expectancy has decreased placing greater demand on health services.

8Healthy Life Expectancy: Average number of years that a person can expect to live in “full health” by taking into account years lived in less than full health due to disease and/or injury (WHO).