Living Longer: trends in subnational ageing across the United Kingdom

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Living Longer: trends in subnational ageing across the United Kingdom

20 July 2020

With apologies for any cross posting.

Dear colleagues,

Today we published the subnational ageing tool and an accompanying article Living longer: trends in subnational ageing across the United Kingdom.

The subnational ageing tool allows users to compare current and projected indicators of ageing between up to four UK countries, regions and local authorities. The tool contains demographic indicators of ageing (e.g. median age, percentage of the population aged 65 years and over) and other indicators e.g. economic activity for older persons, one-person households containing an older person and life expectancy.

The tool is accompanied by a supporting article, which details key trends in ageing across the UK. The article also highlights the importance of analysing ageing at a local level as there can be considerable variation between the ageing profiles of local authorities separated by small geographic distances.

The main points from the publication are: -

  • Whilst national level ageing trends are important, the subnational ageing tool allows you to uncover how these differ at a local level
  • Even neighbouring local authorities can have considerably different ageing profiles e.g. Brighton and Hove, and Lewes
  • Older people are more likely to live near AONBs (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), National Parks and the coast. Younger people are more likely to live in cities
  • Across the UK, Wales has the oldest population, followed by Scotland, then England and Northern Ireland has the youngest population
  • Migration of older people is driven by movement away from major cities to rural and coastal areas
  • Employment rates for older workers are lower than for younger workers across all UK regions
  • The average median age of local authorities in the UK is projected to increase between 2018 and 2043 with some of the greatest increases projected to be in Northern Ireland
  • Between 2018 and 2043, rural areas are projected to experience some of the largest increases in the proportion of one-person households containing an older person

We would welcome any comments on any of our products. Please contact with any feedback you may have, or follow us on Twitter:

Ageing Analysis Team
Centre for Ageing and Demography
Office for National Statistics

Telephone number - +44 (0)1329 444661

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