I have utilized the following diagnostic criteria for ascertaining lifestyle quality by area of residence:
Unemployment. There are 1.77 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work) as of August 2015. There are 970,000 unemployed men & 803,000 unemployed women. The unemployment rate is currently 5.4%. The national average claimant rate is 5%.
Divorce Rate. 34% of marriages are expected to end in divorce by the 20th wedding anniversary.
Alcoholism Prevalence. Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death. In 2012 there were 8,367 alcohol-related deaths in the UK.
Drug Addiction Prevalence. The North West has 9.07 opiate users per 1,000 people making it the opiate capital of Britain. The South East has just 4.99 opiate users per 1,000 people by way of comparison. It is estimated that there are around 298,000 Opiate and/or crack users in the UK, including 93,401 who inject.
Suicide Rate. In 2013, 6,233 suicides occurred in the UK. That’s a rate of 11.9 per 100,000 (19.0 for men and 5.1 for women). The suicide rate for men aged 45-59 was 25.1 per 100,000. 4,722 of these suicides took place in England – 3,684 of these were men. 795 took place in Scotland – 611 of these were men. 393 took place in Wales – 317 of these were men & 303 took place in Northern Ireland – 229 of these were men. The North East with 295 suicides had the highest suicide rate in England (13.8 suicides per 100,000 people per year) followed by the South West with 559 & the North West with 715. The North East thus has a higher suicide rate than: Moldova; Estonia; Slovenia; Serbia; Croatia or Cuba. Hanging, strangulation and suffocation were the most common method of suicide for both men & women in the UK.
Obesity Rate. In England, the prevalence of obesity among adults rose from 14.9% to 24.9% between 1993 and 2013. By 2050 obesity is predicted to affect 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women and 25% of children.
Infant Mortality Rate. The infant mortality rate in England and Wales is 4.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.
Murder Rate. 526 men, women and children died at hands of another person in 2014 in England and Wales. 108 or 20.5% of those were in London which is a rate of 12.8 per million people per year. There were 35 murders in the West Midlands. South Yorkshire had 23 murders at a rate of 16.9 per million per year which is a higher rate than Sudan; Turkmenistan; Congo; Ecuador; Bolivia or Nicaragua. Humberside by way of comparison had only 5 murders at a rate of 5.4 per million people. 59% of all murders took place in the house.
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