Saturday, November 25, 2017

Population Polarisation: Younger Cities vs Older Towns and Villages


Polarisation is increasingly a feature of political life. It seems that communities are becoming increasingly polarised as well. The Financial Times published an article this week highlighting new research showing that young people are moving to cities, while older people are moving in the other direction to towns and villages. 

Since 1981, Britain’s main cities have seen net inflows of more than 300,000 under-25s and net outflows of 200,000 over-65s.  By contrast, towns and villages have lost more than a million people aged under 25, while gaining more than 2m over-65s.  This correlates with older people in towns and villages voting Brexit and younger people in cities voting remain.