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Where most people over 80 live

11.01.2016
Very old people in Germany

More and more Germans are reaching the age of 80 and over. Across Germany, the proportion of the very old in the total population is now 5.6 percent. Most of them live in Saxony. However, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania recorded the strongest percentage growth since 2004. By Elena Bause

More and more people over 80 years of age live in Germany. Between 2004 and 2014, their number rose by 987,000 to around 4.5 million (+ 27.8 percent). This is the result of an evaluation of the final 2014 population data by the Federal Statistical Office. The proportion of the so-called very old in the total population was 5.6 percent at the end of 2014, in 2004 it was 4.3 percent.

The main reason for the strong increase is the increasing life expectancy. The "old" are getting older, so to speak. As baby boomers move up the population pyramid at the same time as the baby boomers, the number of very old people will continue to rise in the future. According to the latest population projection by the Federal Statistical Office, up to eleven million people who have celebrated their 80th birthday will live in Germany in 2050. They are generally considered to be very old - even if there is no official definition.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with the strongest growth - Saxony is an old age stronghold

Of all the federal states, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania recorded the largest percentage growth. The number of very old people there has risen by almost 65 percent to around 95,000 since 2004. Brandenburg follows with an increase of 58.3 percent. The smallest increase was in Hamburg: At the end of 2014, around 87,000 over 80-year-olds lived in the Hanseatic city, which was only seven percent more than at the end of 2004.

The old age stronghold, however, is Saxony. In no other federal state live so many very old people in relation to the total population. Out of 100 inhabitants in the Free State, around seven (6.9 percent) have already celebrated their 80th birthday. In terms of population, Berlin has the least elderly with 4.5 percent.

Osterode national leader at district level

The proportion of senior citizens, however, is also influenced by the number of births as well as immigration and emigration. In the city-states and economically strong federal states there tend to be proportionally fewer very old people than in the rural and structurally weak regions, which are struggling with the emigration of young people. However, there are also some large regional differences within the territorial states.

The front runner at the district level is in Lower Saxony, for example: In the Osterode am Harz district, eight out of 100 inhabitants have already exceeded the age limit of 80 years (8.2 percent). It is closely followed by the district of Pirmasens (Rhineland-Palatinate) with eight percent and the district of Görlitz (Saxony) with 7.9 percent. The lowest values ​​nationwide are recorded in the Bavarian districts of Freising (3.8 percent) and Erding (4.1 percent) as well as the Hessian city of Frankfurt am Main (4.2 percent).

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