About the data
The Devon population is older than the national average, with 24.7% over the age of 65 compared to 18% nationally. Ageing faster than the national average, by 2031 it is expected that over 65s will compose 30% of all residents in Devon. This will put a strain on the health and care services and shift the tax burden onto the proportionally smaller working age group.
Devon is a popular place for retirees which generates demand within the local economy. However, it can raise house prices beyond the earnings of younger residents. The older population helps to support our tourism and food and drink sectors which are bedrock sectors for the county.
Last Updated: August 2018