17 of the UK’s top 20 areas for pensioners are seaside towns
easyMoney research shows that 17 of the top 20 UK locations with the highest proportion of pensioners are seaside towns
At the top of the list is Christchurch in Dorset, in which 41% of the adult population is aged 65 and over. This is significantly higher than the national average of 24%. Christchurch has seen a number of new retirement developments in recent years, which have attracted affluent older residents.
The area with the second highest proportion of pensioners is the New Forest, where pensioners represent 40% of the adult population. This is followed by North Norfolk (40%) and Clacton-on-Sea (39%).
People of retirement age choose to move to coastal areas for a number of reasons including the fresh sea air, stunning scenery, a quieter life, the odd ice cream and the local fish and chips. Moreover, seaside towns typically offer more space than cities and living costs tend to be cheaper.
Many of the UK’s coastal towns have created amenities and retirement facilities specifically to cater to the needs of incoming older residents.
In order to fund a retirement dream of living by the sea, savers could consider investing a small portion of their savings in higher-risk products as part of their investment strategy. easyMoney’s IFISA is backed by UK property and offers potential returns of up to 6% for a £20,000 investment – but remember, with investing, your capital is at risk.