Future of an Ageing Population statistics by area
The UK population is ageing. By 2039, the number of people age 75 and over is expected to double from 5 million to nearly 10 million. Foresight, part of the Government Office for Science, has examined the implications of this trend, and found that it will vary between different parts of the country. This tool uses data collected by the Office for National Statistics to help you understand and explore this variation. For information about the Foresight Future of an Ageing Population project, please click here.
Although every effort has been made to source comparable data for the whole UK, this has not always been possible. The metadata below shows the sources and descriptions of the data used in this tool. For the full data tables, please click here or use the metadata below.
These interactive maps choose breaks in the data to minimize the variance within classes and maximize the variance between classes – known as the Jenks natural classification method. In this method, the breaks in the data vary depending on how it is spread. As the examples below show, if data is evenly spread its breaks are more evenly sized than if there is an outlier.