The number of centenarians in England and Wales has increased five-fold over the past 30 years. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures indicate there were 12,320 people aged over 100 in England and Wales in 2012; while there were 2,560 three decades ago.
The population of over-90s – classified by the ONS as the “very old” increased by 33% from 2002 to 2012.
Changing Sex-Related Longevity Ratios
There are estimated to be 2.6 women for every man aged over 90, and 5.9 women for every man over 100. The proportion of men surviving beyond 90 years of age has changed recently. In 2002 there were 3.3 women for every man aged over 90, and 8 women for every man over 100.
Centenarians increase five-fold over 30 years, ONS says. London: BBC Health News, September 27th 2013.
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Estimates of the very old (including centenarians), 2002-2012, England and Wales. London: Office for National Statistics (ONS), September 27th 2013.