Long live the capital's inhabitants, ABS stats show
Canberrans are living longer than ever, new statistics show. Photo: Michelle Mossop
Canberrans have the highest life expectancy rates in Australia, with a baby born here likely to live well past the age of 80.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics publication on deaths shows life expectancy in the ACT reached 82.9 last year, a significant step up from the national average of 81.4 years.
Boys born in the ACT in 2011 are expected to live until their 81st birthday and girls until they are 84.8.
The Northern Territory in contrast has the lowest life expectancy rates, with males expected to live to 74.9 and females until 80.5.
The Deaths, Australia 2011 publication registers 146,932 deaths across Australia, 3459 more than in 2010.
There were 1700 deaths in the ACT in 2011, with slightly more females (862) passing away than men (838).
Most deaths in Canberra occurred among people aged over the age of 80, with 828 people aged between 80 and 94 passing away in 2011. That is just under 50 per cent of the total number of deaths in the territory.
The most ACT deaths occurred during winter, with 467 people dying in the coldest months of the year. In December there were 49 deaths recorded and 143 in January.
ABS director of demography Bjorn Jarvis said Australians were living longer than ever with these figures recording the highest life expectancy estimates the bureau has seen.
"Under current estimates, a boy born today could expect to live 79.7 years while a girl could expect to live 84.2. A male currently aged 65 could expect to live a further 19 years and female a further 22 years," Mr Jarvis said.
Australia's life expectancy rates compared really well with other developed nations, he said, with higher life expectancy rates than Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.