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Northern Ireland's pensioners to outnumber children within decade, research finds

By 2026 it's predicted those over 65 will increase by 25%

Pensioners will outnumber children for the first time in Northern Ireland by 2028, new research predicts.

The figures, compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) state those aged over 65 will increase by 74,500 or a quarter with the general population to hit 1.9million, an increase of 77,600 or just under 5%.

By contrast, the number of pre-school children, aged up to three is to drop by 7,700 (7.8%) with a rise of just 600 for older children.

Ards and North Down was the only council area in 2016 where pensioners outnumbered children, but this is expected to be the case for Northern Ireland as a whole by 2028.

Causeway Coast and Glens Council is predicted to experience the highest drop in the number of children in that time, equating to 1,300 children researchers predict.

While the largest increase in the number of children - 2,300 - is set for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Overall population growth is expected to be lowest in Derry City and Strabane with just 200 people, with higher figures for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon and Lisburn and Castlereagh, (18,600 and 12,500 people respectively).

A modest growth in Northern Ireland's working age population (ages 16-64) is also expected to rise by 2,500 people in the same period.

Six council areas will see this growth, but a notable dip is expected in Derry City and Strabane with 4,300 people (4.5%) and Causeway Coast and Glens  with 3,800 people (4.3%).

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