A ward in Llandrindod Wells has the highest life expectancy for women anywhere in Wales, new figures have revealed.

According to the Office for National Statistics, Llandrindod North has the highest average life expectancy for women in Wales, at an average of 94.6 years of age.

The wards of Glantwymyn and Llanbrynmair were just behind in second place with an average life expectancy of 94.1 years for women, and 84.1 years for men, the highest figure for males in Powys and the 8th best in Wales.

The figures illustrated a huge disparity between different areas in Wales, with women in an area of Wrexham having a shorter female life expectancy than anywhere else in both Wales and England.

Women in the Gwersyllt West ward live on average for an astonishing 22 years less than those in Llandrindod North, with an average expectancy of just 72.6 years.

Average life expectancies for women in the whole of Wales is 82.3 years, while men lived slightly shorter lives at an average 79.6 years.

Life expectancy figures are based on deaths registered and mid-year population estimates, and measure overall life expectancy from birth until death.

Public Health Wales said life expectancy factors interrelate in a "complex" way, from as early as life in the womb.

Chrissie Pickins, from Public Health Wales, said: "We've known for a very long time there are unequal life chances happening in Wales.

"These are things like obviously the level of income we have, what access to money we have, whether we have access to good work which gives us more than just income - it gives us connections, how connected we are to family, friends and communities."

Dr Frank Atherton, Wales' new chief medical officer, said the disparity between life expectancy was "not good enough for Wales".

"We know that men in the most deprived areas, if we compare their life experience with that with those living in the least deprived areas, there's a nine-year gap in life expectancy and that's not good enough in modern society and it's not good enough for Wales.

"Tackling health inequality is going to be part of the challenge going forwards," he added.