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Nottinghamshire Attracting Retirees, Census 2021 Data Shows

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While the younger generations are flocking to other locations across England, the Nottinghamshire region is attracting retirees, the census 2021 data indicates.

In 2021, every household in England and Wales was legally required to fill out the Census form. The previous census took place back in May 2011.

We have analysed both the data from the 2011 and 2021 censuses to better understand how demographics and age groups have altered in the Nottinghamshire region over the past ten years.

Specifically, we compared the percentage population of each age group - 0-19 year olds, 20-39 year olds, 40-64 year olds and 65+ year olds - in English Counties and Local Authorities (LAs). In doing so, we can see how each age group has shifted, in terms of percentage population, in each area in the last decade.

The data obtained from the census has shown us some patterns from Nottinghamshire, and the East Midlands region.

What Patterns Were Found in the 2011 and 2021 Census Data?

The percentage increase for those categorised in the 65+ year old age group in Local Authorities in the Nottinghamshire area were:

  1. Bassetlaw, 4%
  2. Newark and Sherwood, 3%
  3. Broxtowe, 3%
  4. Rushcliffe, 3%
  5. Gedling, 3%
  6. Ashfield, 3%
  7. Mansfield, 2%

For the majority of other age groups, the percentage population change in each Local Authority either decreased, or remained the same as the 2011 census figures. The only other percentage growth to a LA in Nottinghamshire was Newark and Sherwood, where the age group 20-39 year olds increased by a slight 1%.

Comparing the 2011 and 2021 census statistics shows that the LA with the most significant decrease for any age group was Broxtowe. Specifically, the 40-64 year old residents here saw a 3% decline since 2011.

Overall, in contrast to other Counties we have analysed across England, Nottinghamshire has remained relatively persistent since the 2011 Census. The data obtained shows that the age groups we categorised neither increased massively nor decreased massively in the last ten years.

What Can Explain These Changes?

While the 2011 and 2021 census data doesn’t show us a significant percentage change overall, we can see the age group that impacted the data greatest was the 65+ age group. So, why are those over the age of 65 moving to the Nottinghamshire region?

Firstly, we decided to analyse property prices in Nottinghamshire to see if there was a correlation between the statistics obtained in the census report. We can see that, from data which was published on the 6th July 2022, the average property price in Nottinghamshire currently stands at £225,111. This is beneath the average property price in the UK, which stands at £281,000 as of April 2022.

From this, it can be determined that Nottinghamshire is a cheaper place to live, therefore attracting retirees whilst cost of living continues to rise.

Another suggestion for the surge of pensioners moving to the Nottinghamshire area could correspond with where young people are congregating. For example, the population percentage of those aged between 20-39 years old living in Cornwall boosted by 16% between 2011 and 2021, 12% for the Isle of Wight, and 6% for Torbay.

These areas have previously been associated with the older retirement population. However, comparatively, the population percentage of those aged 65 and over in Cornwall decreased by 9% between 2011 and 2021, 10% for the Isle of Wight, and 8% for Torbay.

It’s likely this adjustment is due to the spread of work from home jobs since the global pandemic, meaning city life is no longer the norm for youngsters. Perhaps retirement communities are shifting to other countryside areas, rather than coastal regions, in response.

Want to Relocate to Nottinghamshire for Your Retirement Years?

Want to relocate to a new area with a community of retirees? Why not take a look at the Nottinghamshire area? The data from the 2021 census shows us Nottinghamshire is becoming a sought-after location for 65+ years old to retire.

The solicitors at Chattertons have a broad scope of knowledge of the Nottinghamshire property market, and are available to provide helpful advice and practical guidance for a straightforward and stress-free conveyancing process.

To learn more about how the team can help you, contact your local office or complete our online enquiry form to speak with one of our conveyancing solicitors.

Data Sources


The figures in this article have been taken and analysed from the Office for National Statistics 2011 and 2021 Census results.

When calculating the percentage changes for each age group, the age group population was divided by the sum of the overall population for each figure acquired in 2011 and 2021.

To work out the percentage increase and decrease of residents in each area of Nottinghamshire between 2011 and 2021, we calculated the percentage difference between 2021 and 2011.

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


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