The number of elderly people in Hampshire increased by a fifth

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THE number of people aged over 85 has increased by more than a third in the last decade, figures show.

Results from the 2011 census published this week show the number of people over 85 in the county increased by 35 per cent.

Hampshire’s population aged over 65 increased by a fifth.

The county’s labour force is also getting older with a growth of 16 per cent in the population age group of 45 to 64 years. Yet the number aged 20 to 44 years old has decreased by four per cent.

Hampshire remains the third largest shire county in England after Kent and Essex with the population now standing at 1.32 million – up by 78,000 since 2001.

As reported, the census showed that Portsmouth is the most densely-populated region in England and Wales outside London.

There are 5,082 people per square kilometre in the city.