Early figures from the most recent census show not only that the county’s population is growing, but also that it is aging. The census takes place every 10 years, with the last snapshot captured on March 21, 2021.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show there were 82,000 people aged 65 and over living in Shropshire on census day last year, up from 63,299 in 2011 when the last census was taken. carried out.
For Telford & Wrekin there were 32,700 people aged 65 and over living in the borough – an increase from the 24,089 recorded at the last census.
For Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, this means the proportion of over-65s living in both areas has increased over the past decade – from 20.7% to 25.3% in Shropshire and 14.5 % to 17.6% at Telford & Wrekin.
The data also shows that the number of young people in Shropshire has fallen.
There were 96,900 people aged 29 and under living in Shropshire on March 21 last year, who made up 29.9% of the population – up from 100,434 – 32.8% in 2011. Of these, 30 700 under 10s call Shropshire home.
In Telford & Wrekin there were 68,300 people aged 29 and under living in Telford and Wrekin on March 21 last year, who made up 36.8% of the population – down from 65,192 – 39.1% in 2011. Among them, 22,500 under 10s called the borough home.
This trend is mirrored across England and Wales, where the population is ageing. There were 11.1 million over 65 in 2021 – 18.6% of the population – compared to 9.2 million in 2011 – 16.4% and 7.3 million – 15.0% 40 years ago .
The 2021 census data for England and Wales will be released in stages over the next two years, the ONS said.
Upcoming releases will include figures on ethnicity, religion, labor market, education and housing, as well as – for the first time – information on veterans of the British Armed Forces, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The census took place when coronavirus restrictions were still in place across the UK, with people only allowed to leave their homes in England for leisure and outdoor exercise with their household or their support bubble, or with someone outside their household, and the rule of six on outdoor gatherings that won’t take place until the end of March.
It is used to understand how the UK population is changing over time, showing the gender balance across the country.
In Shropshire, 49.4% of the population were male and 50.6% female last year, up from 49.5% and 50.5% respectively 10 years ago.
The City of London, at 55.8%, had the highest gender ratio, while Kensington and Chelsea, at 46.7%, had the lowest.