Unrounded figures from the last census were released yesterday and the seaside borough of Rother has taken the top spot as home to the most centenarians comparable to the local population in the UK. According to the data published in the Telegraph, the total population of the borough is 90,600, with 66 people over the age of 100.
But it's not just Rother. According to the table in the Telegraph, seaside areas Worthing, Eastbourne and Bournemouth all feature in the top 10 areas for the 100s and over. The full data from the census is available on the ONS website.
Something in the sea airSo what's so special about the sea? According to research released in July, living within a kilometre of the sea can make a small but significant improvement in your health and wellbeing. While there was no definite answer given to why this was the case, the researchers highlighted a more relaxed pace of life and a more obvious opportunity for exercise in terms of walks along the coast, as potential reasons for the improvements in health.
Cost of livingUnfortunately, as with most of the good things in life, living beside the sea does come at a premium, with house prices in seaside towns more than doubling over the last 10 years.
10 most expensive seaside towns in England & Wales (average house price)
1. Salcombe £528,920
2. Sandbanks £525,927
3. Aldeburgh £418,415
4. Padstow £382,806
5. Dartmouth £381,788
6. Lyme Regis £373,841
7. Lymington £350,287
8. Wadebridge £348,986
9. Budleigh Salterton £348,514
10. Bigbury on Sea £319,557
10 least expensive seaside towns in England & Wales
1. Newbiggin-by-the-Sea £75,063
2. Withernsea £92,356
3. Fleetwood £101,457
4. Blyth £102,828
5. Blackpool £104,747
6. Maryport £107,434
7. Seaham £108,742
8. Hartlepool £110,273
9. South Shields £111,457
10. Workington £113,962
Data: Halifax Seaside Town Review
- Gap to widen between rich and poor
- Population growth in every region
- £24m fund to benefit seaside areas
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