The number of over-65s in the populations of England and Wales outnumber those under-15s for the first time in 2021, according to the results of the 2021 census. Their numbers had soared by 20% in a decade. North Norfolk was the area with the biggest proportion – 33.4%, up from 28.8% ten years earlier. And Richmondshire in North Yorkshire showed the fastest increase in the age group, rising from 17.5% to 23.55% over the decade.

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