Centenarians are fastest growing age group in UK, figures show

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Number of 100-year-olds in UK has almost doubled since 2002, although overall rise in life expectancy slows

Centenarians are the fastest growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling over a 14-year period, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Although they make up a very small proportion of the total UK population (0.02% in 2016), their numbers have grown rapidly from 7,750 in 2002 to 14,910 last year. In 1986 there were just were just 3,642 centenarians. Female centenarians outnumber males by five to one. The ONS figures, published on Wednesday, also show that the number of people aged 90 and over living in the UK last year was the highest ever – 571,245.

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