Census shows that elderly population is soaring in Horsham district

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The elderly population of Horsham district is continuing to rise as the proportion of 30 to 39-year-olds is falling, while those aged between 60 and 69 is increasing, according to 2011 Census figures released this week.

Around 131,300 people now live in Horsham district, according to figures - up from 122,300 in 2001, an increase of 7.4 per cent, compared to growth of seven per cent in England and Wales.

While the national share of 30 to 44-year-olds saw a large drop, the district saw an even bigger decrease, down from 23.1 per cent as a share of the total population to 19.3.

More than four tenths of residents are aged between 40 and 70, while Horsham has a higher share of people living into their 80s, up to 5.7 per cent, compared to national averages of 4.6.

Jil Matheson, national statistician, said: “The 2011 Census has been a resounding success and I am proud of the incredible effort that has been put in.

“It is a rich source of information about the population and its characteristics. Across England and Wales around 19 out of 20 people responded and we have excellent statistical methods for ensuring we have a complete estimate of the whole population.

“These statistics will provide valuable information for planners, policy-makers and the public for years to come.”

The total population of England and Wales rose by 3.7 million in the last ten years - up to 56 million.

While the number of children under five increased by 13 per cent nationally, in Horsham the percentage of children under five as a proportion of the population dropped from 5.9 to 5.4 per cent.

Glen Watson, Census director said: “The whole operation has worked well. We met our targets both for response and quality. We’ve had fantastic support from the public, and also from voluntary groups.”