Richmondshire has fastest ageing population in country

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Richmondshire has the fastest ageing population in England and Wales, according to new data released from the 2021 census.

Almost one in four people in the district are now of pension age (23.5 per cent), compared with 17.5 per cent a decade ago.

That’s a rise of 9,076 to 11,700 people and double the 5,481 pension-aged people who lived there in 1981.

Since 2011, there has been a decrease of 10.9 per cent in the population share of those aged between 15 and 64 years, and a decrease of 12.3 per cent in children aged under 15 years.

The new data also revealed that the population size in Richmondshire decreased by 4.4 per cent, from around 52,000 in 2011 to 49,700 in 2021, despite the total population of England growing by 6.6 per cent to 56,489,800.

In 2021, Richmondshire ranked 306th for total population out of 309 local authority areas in England, which is a fall of two places in a decade.

The census also found that Richmondshire is the second least densely populated of Yorkshire and the Humber’s 21 local authority areas, with an area equivalent to around four football pitches per resident.

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