The seaside and small towns are getting older:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth's ageing population: "Without urgent investment in coastal communities, some areas will struggle to retain the working age families needed to fuel the economies of towns dominated by old people’s homes."
And it's going to be even more so, as we head into the future:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and Britain's cities growing younger and its small towns growing older at a faster rate than at any other time in recent history
With this report from the Rural Services Network - which focusses on the trends in the South West:
Dorset to be among places hardest hit by Britain’s ageing population, figures reveal
The Bournemouth Echo covered Office for National Statistics figures showing that rural and coastal areas have the highest proportion of older residents.
The ten local authorities with the highest percentage of the population over 65 were on the coast, with five being in the South West region. Within 20 years it is estimated that 40 per cent of the population of west England will be over 65.
The ONS warned that there would be far smaller growth in numbers of young people moving to the countryside, and said that the demographic changes risked elderly people living in these areas 'isolated and struggling to access services'.
Dorset hit hard by ageing population - Rural Services Network
The Bournemouth Echo carries more:
Dorset to be among places hardest hit by Britain’s ageing population, figures reveal | Bournemouth Echo
With the full report from the ONS here:
Living longer - how our population is changing and why it matters - Office for National Statistics