There are some surprises in the following statistics, researched by a local resident. They compare the 2001 and 2011 census results for 4 areas of Sidmouth and for Sidford.
In that time the percentage of over 65s has decreased in Sidmouth/Sidford – although it is a smaller percentage of an increased population . So there has been an increase of 445 people overall and only 90 of them are over 65. At the same time the percentages of under 15s and 16-64s have increased.
As the researcher says, “This somewhat contradicts EDDC planners assertion that an ageing population means we need another care home in Sidmouth at The Knowle!”
His summary of the figures is given below:
Population 7895 8340
% 0-15 yrs old 12.06 12.74
%16-64 yrs old 48.16 48.62
% over 65 39.38 38.36
Useful link to government census site at .http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/interactive/census-map-1-4/index.html