Our Yorkshire Farm fans on Channel 5 could be forgiven for thinking Richmondshire is overrun with young people, as they follow the adventures of shepherd Amanda Owen and her nine rosy-cheeked children she.

But this particularly idyllic part of North Yorkshire – famous for wensleydale cheese and Swaledale sheep – has actually experienced the highest percentage growth for the proportion of people over 65 over the past 10 years, the data shows. Census shows.

Almost one in four people in Richmondshire are now of pension age (23.5 per cent), compared with 17.5 per cent a decade ago, a 34 per cent increase in population proportion. That’s an increase from 9,076 to 11,700 people, and double the number of 5,481 pension-age people living there in 1981.

From 2011 to now, the proportion of the population aged 15 to 64 has decreased by 10.9% and the proportion of children under 15 has decreased by 12.3%.

Stuart Parsons, a councilor leading the North Yorkshire Independents, said: “Having too many older people costs the council. “We spent 60% of our entire council budget on adult social care. It’s huge,” he said. But he stressed that the area would be lost without their retirees: “We wouldn’t have volunteers without them. They tend to get stuck in their new communities and tend to perform quite well financially.”

Although life expectancy has increased, having a disproportionately aging population means that more people (especially the very old) have to live with ongoing conditions such as arthritis, dementia wisdom, heart problems, or osteoporosis.

North Yorkshire has long been a popular spot for older people, many of them military veterans with fond memories of their time at Catterick Garrison, Parsons said. Some buy second homes becoming first homes, valuing younger people.

House prices in local government offices are cheaper than the UK average – mediator costs £242,500 in December 2021, compared to the UK average of £280,000. But property in the Yorkshire Dales national park, which occupies two-thirds of the county’s area, is much more expensive and hard to find.

“If you are a young family and you want to buy in the national park, you can’t. We don’t have enough well-paying jobs to support them, so what happens is people go 12 miles from Richmondshire to Darlington where you can still buy a home for under £100,000,” said Parsons. speak.

As a result, various schools have closed or merged – regular viewers of Our Yorkshire Farm will know that Owen’s parents have to travel an hour and a half each way from their ranch at Ravenseat in Swaledale. There are very few secondary schools in Richmondshire. One of them, in Leyburnonly 316 students, significantly below its 492 capacity.

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Women in Richmond of childbearing age seem reluctant to have children. The prescribing rate for long-acting contraceptives in the region was 68.7 per 1,000 women aged 15-44, significantly higher than the rate seen in the UK as a whole (49.5). , follow Overall North Yorkshire Strategic Needs Assessment 2021.

Over the past 10 years, more people have left Richmondshire – in coffins or vans – than were born or moved to the area. While Britain’s population grew by 6.6 per cent, Richmondshire’s population fell by 4.4 per cent, from around 52,000 in 2011 to 49,800 in 2021.

It currently ranks 306th in terms of total population out of a total of 309 local government areas in the UK, which is down two places in a decade.

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