Understanding the age of local populations is important for focused planning, such as housing, schools, transport, health and other community services. Data was released yesterday (20.07.2020) by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to help agencies plan and future proof effective delivery of the services they provide.

It will come as no surprise to read that the average age of a person in our area of the Fylde (see map below) is 50.5 – the national average age is 40.3.

Of our population 27.6% are aged 65 or older, against the national picture of 18.5%.

Of our population 3.9% are aged 85 or older, against the national picture of 2.5%

The ONS statistics show that young people are far more likely to live in cities. Eight of the nine areas found to be most youthful were inside London. Manchester also has a young population, with an average age of 30.1 compared to the 40.3 national average. These statistics support the view that older people move away from cities to coastal areas like Lytham St. Anne’s, whereas younger Britons move to cities in search of employment.

Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that children aged 0 – 15 make up just 15.6% of our population, against the national picture of 19%

Current life expectancy at birth in our constituency is 79.2 for males, 82.7 for females – both similar to the national average.