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Release: Estimates of the Very Old (including Centenarians), England and Wales, 2002 - 2012

Released: 27 September 2013


Angele Storey

Demographic Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0) 1329 444512

Categories: Population, Ageing, Older People, Population Change, Population Estimates, Population Estimates by Age and Sex

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • In 2012 there were estimated to be 465,500 people aged 90 and over living in England and Wales, just under 1% of the total population.

  • Between 2002 and 2012 there has been a 33% increase in the number of those aged 90 and over.

  • In 2012 in England and Wales, the number of centenarians (those aged 100 and over) was estimated to be 12,320.

  • There were estimated to be 2.6 women per man aged 90 and over and 5.9 women per man aged 100 and over in England and Wales in 2012.

Estimates of the Very Old (including Centenarians) for England and Wales provide annual mid year estimates by sex and single year of age for persons aged 90 to 104 and for the 105 and over age-group for England and Wales as a whole.

These estimates were previously known as Estimates of the Very Elderly (including Centenarians).


These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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