Figure 1: 2017 Torbay population structure compared to England | Source: ONS (Office of National Statistics) 2014 based sub national population projections
Figure 1: 2017 Torbay population structure compared to England | Source: ONS (Office of National Statistics) 2014 based sub national population projections

There are around 134,500 people who live in Torbay, and around one-in-four of Torbay’s population are aged 65 years and over (35,600 people in Torbay, or 26.5% are aged 65 years and over compared to 18.1% across England).

The population structure for Torbay is shown in figure 1. When compared to the England average, it is clear to see that the solid bars (local area), in the older age groups, show higher proportions than the solid line (England).

Figure 2: Torbay’s estimated future population 2017 to 2035 | Source: ONS 2014 based population projections
Figure 2: Torbay’s estimated future population 2017 to 2035 | Source: ONS 2014 based population projections

Torbay is ahead of the curve when it comes to having a large proportion of more senior residents. The national age profile now is similar to where Torbay was in the 1980s.

By 2030, it is estimated that one in three (32%) of Torbay’s population will be aged 65 years and over (44,700), compared to 22.4% across England. Population projections, by age group, are shown in figure 2.

Figure 3: Rank of Index of multiple deprivation
Figure 3: Rank of Index of multiple deprivation

Torbay has pockets of severe deprivation, and also areas of relative affluence. As a local authority area, Torbay is amongst the most deprived in England - see figure 3. Torbay is the most deprived local authority area in the South West region. Within Torbay around one-in-three of the population live in areas in the top 20% most deprived in England, these areas are shown by the red and blue areas in the map. Conversely, areas in yellow are amongst the least deprived in England.

People in more deprived communities tend to experience multiple long-term conditions and generally have poorer health outcomes, such as shorter life expectancy.