The 10 Oldest Towns in the UK by PopulationNo Comments
Packing up your bags and moving away for retirement? We’ve got just the thing. Here’s a definitive list of the UK’s oldest towns by population. All data here comes from the Office for National Statistics.
Oh, We Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
There’s a noticeable trend in the UK’s population age. The elderly seem to be drawn to the seaside. Is it the salty sea air’s life-giving qualities or simply the desire to retire somewhere peaceful? We’re unsure just yet, though the latter is possibly more accurate. Whatever the cause may be, here are the ten UK towns with the oldest populations. The data looked at LSOA (lower layer super output area) geographical areas so there are some repetitions in our list.
10. Wealden 018A – 67.2 Average Age
This rural East Sussex district is a picturesque 323 square miles characterised by fields, ancient woodland and welcoming villages. Hugging the South Coast, this area offers a pastoral feel set to the backdrop of rolling British countryside.
9. South Lakeland 013D – 67.9 Average Age
It’s no surprise South Lakeland features on this list. Firmly rooted in the Lake District, the area is renowned for its natural beauty and unique culture. Quaint villages and an active community are big draws of this Cumbrian region.
8. East Dorset 011A – 68 Average Age
There’s been a boom in East Dorset’s popularity in recent years. Rapid expansions in housing has seen the population quadruple since the 1970s. This is due to its desirable location, sitting close to the New Forest, Bournemouth and the Dorset coast. Despite this, much of the area still retains its rural identity.
7. Christchurch 003B – 68.3 Average Age
Christchurch stole news headlines back in 2014 with the UK’s oldest average population, today it’s dropped a few places down to 7. The town still can’t quite shake its reputation for being ‘the town that’s glad to be grey’. Covering 19.5 square miles, the coastal Dorset town is one of the UK’s most popular retirement destinations.
6. Poole 018B – 68.8 Average Age
Another Dorset town gleefully takes its place in our top 10 list. The large coastal town and seaport is very much a tourist destination with the natural harbour, arts centre and Blue Flag beaches being key attractions. The RNLI headquarters, Royal Marines base and University lend the town a vibrant culture.
5. Christchurch 003A – 68.9 Average Age
4. East Devon 020B – 69.1 Average Age
Renowned for its beaches East Devon is an area for relaxation and comfort. The coastline has recently been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its high number of prehistoric remains. Sloping valleys, idyllic villages and diverse wildlife are all key attractions of the region.
3. East Devon 012B – 69.1 Average Age
2. King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 017D – 69.7 Average Age
Stooped in history with a vibrant culture, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk offers a natural and untouched allure. Whether you find yourself in the town itself or one of its many surrounding parishes, you’ll notice the relaxed pace of its residents.
1. Eastbourne 012B – 71.5 Average Age
Move to Eastbourne for a simple, fuss-free lifestyle. With the UK’s highest average population age of 71.5 years, this is a place to kick back and watch the world go by. Why not stroll towards the croquet club for some afternoon entertainment before soaking up the sun at the famous pier. Situated on the South Coast, Eastbourne is surrounded by Wealden which comes in tenth on our list, proving that it really is a haven for the older generations.
So there it is, the country’s ten oldest towns. If you’re looking to move, find out more about your local area with a Property Detective report. Simply enter your post code and we’ll tell you all about the local schools, amenities, travel information, neighbourhood demographics, crime rates, noise pollution and much, much more.