Luton, covered by Luton Borough Council, is home to 237,690 people and has a higher than average number of young people.
Luton is the most urban BLMK area and also the most culturally diverse. More than half the people living in Luton are of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) origin and there are an increasing number of BAME communities in Luton, each with its own needs and cultures.
Health in Luton
Luton is the most deprived of the BLMK areas and people’s overall health tends to be slightly poorer than the national average.
Life expectancy has shown a steady increase but, at 78.4 years for men , remains below the national average. Infant mortality is also relatively high and, in the most deprived areas of Luton, two thirds of children are living in poverty.
Cancer is an increasing cause of early death in Luton, especially colorectal cancer, and notably among women, where levels are rising compared to a declining national trend.
Stroke and cardiovascular disease are also factors contributing to early death.