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Alderney Census - Press Release

For immediate release - 18 June 2013

The report on the Alderney Census has been released. The headline figure for population is 1,903 (2,294 in 2001). The report is available at the bottom of this page.

SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS

  • Alderney's population stood at 1,903 as at the end of April 2013. This level is 17% lower than on the same day in 2001.
  • The island's population trends are historically very dynamic indeed in terms of emigration and immigration. This continues to be the case.
  • There has been a 170 (50%) fall in the number of children aged under 15 in the Island over the twelve year period 2001 to 2013.
  • Since 2001, there has also been a significant fall of 232 in the number of young working-age persons aged between 20 to 39 years of age living on the island. This is a 47% drop over the period.
  • Over the 12 year period, there has been a 31% increase in the number of people aged between 60 and 69. This is now the largest age group representing 21% of the overall population (11% in Guernsey and 10% in Jersey). In 2001, the largest age group in Alderney was 50 to 59.
  • In number terms, 50% of the Island's population is now aged 55 or over with an average age for the population as a whole of 51 years.
  • The number of employed or self-employed persons in the Island has fallen by 207 since 2001. This drop has occurred totally in the employed rather than the self-employed sector.
  • Lack of employment opportunities is the major contributing factor in the contraction of Alderney's population.
  • Migration continues to be a major feature of the Island's population. However, with no restrictions on living in the island with a low taxation structure, the island continues to attract households primarily from the UK who are at the point of or already in retirement.
  • Skills levels remain relatively high across all age spectrums but, as the population is heavily skewed to the over 50s, many of those who are well qualified are near to or are in retirement.
  • Economic sector employment data from previous censuses was fairly general with regard to the numbers employed, but where comparisons can be made, changes that have occurred suggest that employment has declined across all sectors rather than in any one particular sector (with the exception of the public sector).
  • The number of households comprising married/co-habiting couples with dependent children has fallen substantially from 170 in 2001to 86 in 2013.
  • The level of disability amongst the population which restricts a person from undertaking simple tasks has risen but this increase only reflects the aging population profile of the island between 2001 and 2013.

Francis Simonet, Chairman of the Policy Committee said: "The headline population figure is higher than many expected, but there are a number of worrying trends revealed by the survey. Having this data available helps us to formulate policy based on real evidence. We now need to address these trends quickly to bring people and jobs back to Alderney so that we can ensure we have a sustainable and growing economy."

Roy Burke: 01481 822816 or roy.burke@gov.gg