Classic exponential growth in age distribution of older UK citizens

As the population of the UK grows obviously we will see more people of all ages. But if you examine the age distribution, what percentage of people are now living to a grand old age?

This graph shows the percentage of the UK population that are aged 85 or over – a feat only achieved by 1 in a thousand in 1881 but more than 1 in 50 now.

Over 85s age distribution over time

Over 85s age distribution over time

I’m not a statistician but I realise a percentage can’t grow forever – otherwise more than 100% of the population will be over 85 eventually! However, I thnk this shows that more and more people are going to be living a lot longer and eventually apart from the “new borns” everyone is going to be over a 100 years old.

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