Women are more likely to live to 100
New figures reveal women in Rutherglen and Cambuslang are almost eight times more likely to reach their 100th birthday, compared to men.
Recent government statistics show there are five male centenarians across South Lanarkshire – compared to 39 females.
Figures from National Records of Scotland show the total population of South Lanarkshire is 316,230 and 2,108 people aged over 90.
The records show 0.7 per cent of South Lanarkshire’s total population are aged over 90, the same as the Scottish average.
In South Lanarkshire 1.4 people out of every 10,000 are aged over 100 compared to a Scottish average of 1.7 per 10,000 people.
The breakdown of South Lanarkshire’s 2108 people aged over 90 is: 496 people aged 90; 398 aged 91; 325 aged 92; 263 aged 93; 205 aged 94; 157 aged 95; 78 aged 96; 71 aged 97; 46 aged 98; 25 aged 99; and 44 aged over 100.
The figures relate to June 2015, the most up- to- date available. They estimate that in 2015 there were 900 centenarians living in Scotland, an increase of 67 per cent from the estimate of 540 in 2005.
The majority of centenarians are women.
In 2015, women accounted for 780 of Scotland’s centenarians ( 87 per cent) while around 120 men had reached the milestone.
But the number of male centenarians more than doubled between 2005 and 2015, increasing from 50 to 120, while the number of females increased from 490 to 780 during the same period.
Across Scotland, the number of people aged 90 to 99 increased from 27,990 in 2005 to 38,890 in 2015, an increase of 39 per cent.
The number of men aged 90 to 99 increased from 6360 to 11,300 between 2005 and 2015, an increase of 78 per cent. The number of females aged 90 to 99 increased from 21,630 to 27,590 during the same period, up 28 per cent.
Tim Ellis, chief executive of National Records of Scotland, said: “When the current population of centenarians was born, during or before the First World War, living to 100 years old was very uncommon.
“However, this has changed since the beginning of the 21st century when estimates showed there were around 500 people aged 100 years old and over in Scotland.
“These latest figures show the number of centenarians has increased by more than two thirds in the last ten years.”