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Lincolnshire a Popular Place to Retire to, Census 2021 Data Shows

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According to the 2021 census data, Lincolnshire is a sought-after destination for individuals over 65 to retire.

To discover more about the differences between demographics and age groups within Lincolnshire over the past 10 years, we have taken advantage of the recently published Census data. By comparing the data in the 2021 Census to the 2011 Census, we have been able to analyse any changes to the population within this time frame.

In particular, we looked at the percentage population of each age group (0-19, 20-39, 40-64 and 65+ year olds), living in the East Midlands region, and the county of Lincolnshire and its Local Authorities for 2011 and 2021. This allowed us to see the percentage increase or decrease of each age group within these areas.

From what was observed in the 2021 Census, it is clear that, within the majority of areas in and around the East Midlands, the population of people aged 65+ has increased. In most of these counties, the population of 0-19, 20-39, and 40-64 year olds either stayed the same or decreased. However, in Lincolnshire there was also a small increase in the number of 20-39 year olds.

In the following breakdown we shall discuss the individual changes in the counties around Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands region, as well as the Local Authorities within Lincolnshire.

Key Changes to the East Midlands Region Counties

The percentage of the population over 65+ years old in the East Midlands Region has increase by…

  1. Rutland, 4%
  2. Derbyshire, 4%
  3. Nottinghamshire, 3%
  4. Leicestershire, 3%
  5. Lincolnshire, 3%
  6. North Northamptonshire, 2%
  7. West Northamptonshire, 2%
  8. Derby, 1%
  9. Leicester, 1%
  10. Nottingham, 0%

Through this data we can see that, across the East Midlands region, the counties with the highest amount of population growth for people aged 65+ over the last 10 years were Rutland and Derbyshire.

On the other end of the scale, Nottingham didn’t see any growth or decline in 65+ year olds, although it was the only county in this region to see an increase in the number of 0-19 year olds.

Compared to other areas across the UK, the population in the East Midlands region has remained fairly consistent. With the exception of people aged 65+, there has been very few demographic changes across the area.

Key Changes to the Lincolnshire Local Authorities

Within Lincolnshire, there are 7 Local Authorities (LA), many of which have seen a change in the number of individuals aged 65+. These increases include:

  1. East Lindsey, 4%
  2. South Kesteven, 4%
  3. West Lindsey, 4%
  4. North Kesteven, 3%
  5. Boston, 1%
  6. South Holland, 1%
  7. Lincoln, 0%

Out of these 7 Local Authorities, only Lincoln experienced no change in the population percentage, with Local Authorities like East Lindsey, South Kesteven, and West Lindsey each having experienced an increase of 4%.

Possible Reasons for the Lincolnshire Results

There may be a number of reasons for the 3% increase in 65+ year olds, and the 1% in 20-39 year olds, living in Lincolnshire over the last decade.

For instance, property prices in Lincolnshire have an impact on the type of people who are moving into the area. In Lincolnshire, the average house price is £215,926, which is significantly lower than the UK average of £281,000. The cheaper house prices in this area may attract older couples who are looking to retire, as well as 20-39 year olds who are looking for somewhere cheaper to settle down.

Additionally, we must consider the impact of recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, many younger people moved to cities in search of work. However, with the massive increase in work from home and hybrid positions available since the pandemic, younger people may be more likely to move into areas that otherwise would have been more popular with retirees.

The evidence of this can be seen in the Census statistics for areas like Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, and Torbay. All of these were very popular retirement areas but, since the pandemic, have seen between a 16%, 12% and 6% increase in 20-39 year olds, respectively.

Equally, they saw between an 8% and 10% decrease in the 65+ population. This may suggest that the older population are choosing to move away from areas that are now being populated by younger people.

Are You Looking to Retire in Lincolnshire?

By analysing the Census 2011 and Census 2021 population data, we have discovered a clear increase in the number of people aged 65+ moving to the local areas.

At Chattertons, our team of solicitors have the expertise and experience needed to provide high-quality assistance if you are considering a peaceful retirement in Lincolnshire. If you are interested in our conveyancing services, contact your local office or complete our online enquiry form to speak with one of our conveyancing solicitors.

Data Sources


Throughout this article, we have been using data taken from the Office for National Statistics 2011 and 2021 Census results.

In order to calculate the percentage population of each age group within an area like Lincolnshire or one of its Local Authorities, we took the number of people in that age group and divided it by the total population of the area. This was done for both 2011 and 2021.

By working out the number of people in the 65+ age group living in each area in both 2011 and 2021, we were able to compare the two figures and work out the difference over ten years.

Although this data was sourced via reputable sources, its interpretations are that of the Chattertons researchers.


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