Cumbria's rapidly ageing population is one of the main concerns to come out of the latest Census from the Office for National Statistics.
The statistics paint a picture of Cumbria as diverse in many areas, but with one of the lowest proportion of foreign born residents.
The County Council is concerned that one in every six Cumbrians is now over the age of 65, that's a fifteen percent rise in ten years.
Below are some of the statistics to emerge form the census:
- Cumbria's resident population on census day 2011 was 499,900 - an increase of 12,500 since 2001.
- Cumbria has an older population profile than England and Wales with lower proportions of young people.
- Twenty one percent of Cumbrians are over 65. Across England and Wales that figure is just 16%.
- Cumbria has the second highest proportion of households containing someone with a long term health problem (24%).
- In 36% of households across the county there is no adult in employment.
- 4% of Cumbrian households do not have central heating, the 2nd highest proportion of all counties.