The borough of Milton Keynes, covered by Milton Keynes Council, has a population of 300,000.
Around 90% of the population live in Milton Keynes itself, although the town only covers 20% of the land area. The remaining 10% of the population live in the borough’s rural areas that includes a number of rural villages and the small town of Olney.
The population is ethnically diverse with over a quarter coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group.
Health in Milton Keynes
Life expectancy is increasing in Milton Keynes, but is slightly below the national average, by 0.2 years for females and 0.4 years for men.
The average difference in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas in Milton Keynes shows a gap of 7.9 years for males and 7.6 years for females.
Death from causes considered preventable is declining but remains significantly higher than similar areas, particularly from cancer.
There is a high number of deaths from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and more years of life are lost to smoking related illnesses.
Cancer is also an increasing cause of early death in Milton Keynes, especially colorectal cancer, and notably among women, where levels are rising compared to a declining national trend. Stroke is also a factor.
Hospital admissions for cardio-pulmonary disease, and admissions for asthma in under 19s, are both high in Milton Keynes.