Age and Gender statistics

Age profile

  • *NEW* At the 2021 Census it was estimated that 30% of Oxford's population was aged 18-29 years (compared to 16% for Oxfordshire and 14% for England and Wales), and the city has the second youngest median age –  31 years – of any place in England and Wales
  • Between 2000 and 2010, there was been a marked increase in the birth rate causing a rise in the number of children. The general fertility rate has generally been in decline since 2011. Between Census 2011 and Census 2021 there has been a decrease of 23% in under 5 year olds (-2,110)
  • Census 2021 data shows that 4% of Oxford’s population is aged 0-4 years old and 10% of the population is aged 0-10 years old. This compares to 6% and 12% respectively in 2011.
  • Adults of working age (16-64 years) make up for 73% of the total Oxford population according to the Census 2021. This is higher than county (64%) and national (60%) averages.
  • Those aged 65+ years make up 12% of the population in the city. This is lower than county (18%) and national averages (18%).
  • The number of people aged over 75 years has increased slightly in the last 10 years (+595) – making up 5% of the population of the city. This is lower than the county (9%) and the national averages (8%).

Older People Needs Analysis (November 2013)

Tackling Isolation Pilot Project Evaluation (October 2013)

Children and Young People Needs Analysis 2013

Oxford population by age and gender, 2011 Census

Map: proportion of people of pensionable age (2005 estimates)

Map: proportion of people aged 0 to 15 years (2005 estimates)

Chart of the Month

Baby boom, young adults and students: age profiles in Oxford (December 2013)

More children, more young people, fewer older people (August 2012)

Oxford becoming more diverse and international (January 2012)


Projected population growth in children and young people, 2013-2023

Further information

Population projections 2016-2041: Statistical bulletin and interactive charts (Office for National Statistics)

Population forecasts dashboard on Oxfordshire Insight

A Tale of Two Counties: growing older in Oxfordshire - Age UK report