Argyll and Bute is ‘baby boomer’ hotspot

The 'baby boomer' generation in the UK includes all those born between 1946 and 1964.
The 'baby boomer' generation in the UK includes all those born between 1946 and 1964.

Argyll and Bute has been identified as Scotland’s ‘baby boomer’ hot-spot in a new report which found that almost one in three people living in the area were aged between 50 and 68.

The ‘baby boom’ term refers to the increased birth rate following the Second World War, though the era is defined specifically as applying to people who were born between 1946 and 1964 - meaning the last of the generation turned 50 at the end of 2014.

In total 28.2 per cent of Argyll and Bute’s population is aged between 50 and 68 - well above the figure for the UK as a whole, according to the report,

There are 14 million people in the UK today who were born during the baby boom, accounting for almost 22 per cent of the population. In Scotland 1.25 million people fall into the 50-68 age group, comprising slightly less than a quarter of the population as a whole (24.8 per cent, to be exact), although seven of the top 20 locations are located in the south-west of England, and Argyll and Bute just fails to make it in to the UK top ten.

Scotland’s ‘baby boomer’ hotspots are: Argyll and Bute 28.2 per cent (24,901 people); Scottish Borders 27.6 per cent (31,464); Dumfries and Galloway 27.5 per cent (41,635); Outer Hebrides 27.3 per cent (7,578); Orkney Islands 27.3 per cent (5,832); South Ayrshire 27.1 per cent (30,637); Highland 26.7 per cent (62,053).

The report also found that 65-year-olds living in Argyll and Bute can expect to live for an average of 18.85 more years, though that is lower than the average figure for the top 20 ‘baby boomer’ hotspots.

The Argyll and Bute figure is unlikely to come as a huge surprise in the light of recent demographic trends which show the area’s population is steadily getting older and smaller - the most recent census found an overall decline of 3.4 per cent in the ten years from 2001 to 2011, while the only age group to show an increase in the same period was the over-65s.