Mapping the ageing population

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released a useful interactive mapping tool to help visualise the changing age profile of the UK.  The tool provides district-level figures and illustrates the trends taking place between 1992 and 2033.

The tool lets you examine a number of things…

  • At what age is half the population older and half younger, and in what year
  • How does the age profile of each district compare with national trends (you can select individual districts)
  • How will specific age groups change over time in each district

For example, the tool helps illustrate that by the year 2030, Stratford-on-Avon District will have less than two residents of working age per person of state retirement age or older, with clear implications for economic dependency rates.  Half the population will be aged over 50 by this time.

We’ve identified the ageing population as one of the key messages in our Quality of Life Report 2011/12, and this tool helps illustrate the same issue in a new way.

View the tool here.

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