More children and elderly in Europe’s urban areas

Europe’s population is increasingly living in urban areas. That’s not new. However, interesting is that the increasing share of urban population in the EU – currently about 77 % live in urban or intermediate areas – is mainly driven by an relative increase in children and elderly in the cities. This means in reversal, that rural areas are loosing mainly children and elderly, while those aged between 15 and 64 are at a lower, but stable level. The ongoing increase of these two age groups in cities has to be considered in future urban planning.

The figure below shows that development of the three age groups in urban areas* in the EU27 between 2007 and 2010.

Urban population in Europe by age group

* Urban areas are defined by Eurostat using certain population density thresholds.
For a general reflection of different urban-rural typologies have a look at my article: Fertner, C. (2012) Downscaling European urban-rural typologies. Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography, Vol, 112(1), pp. 77-83.


~ by landblend on 12/03/2013.

2 Responses to “More children and elderly in Europe’s urban areas”

  1. Superb post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a
    litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

    • Thanks for your comment, Marvin. I am actually not working very much with that topic, it was more because a colleague asked me it I had some stats about children in cities.

      But I have some guesses about it: A main reason why the share of children increases in cities is that more and more people do not move to the suburbs anymore when they get kids. The general conditions for raising kids in cities seem to have improved. The increase in elderly might on the other hand be mainly caused by ageing of the urban population as well as the centralisation of geriatric institutions. But there might also be a variety of other reasons in the different member states connected to cultural and demographic changes.

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