Official Statistics

Rural health statistics

Health of individuals in rural and urban areas.


Rural health statistics - August 2017

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Health indicators for people living in rural and urban areas.



  • life expectancy
  • potential years of life lost from all causes
  • infant mortality rate

Data source: Office for National Statistics and NHS Digital

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Local Authority Rural-Urban Classification (Life Expectancy and Potential Years of Life Lost), Office for National Statistics Rural-Urban Definition 2001 (Infant Mortality)

Next release date: tbc

Additional information:

Defra statistics: rural

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Published 28 February 2013
Last updated 29 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Published today, latest analysis on rural wellbeing.
  2. Published today, latest analysis on health in rural areas.
  3. Updated health indicators for people living in rural and urban areas released today.
  4. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  5. Infant mortality rates for rural areas released today.
  6. Latest Rural Health statistics published.
  7. Rural health statistics published today.
  8. First published.