N60: Ageing Access

Older residents owning small inner suburban properties with good access to amenities

Type of Urban Cohesion consisting of 1.30% of households and 1.02% of population

Who We Are

  • Aged 66+
  • Household income £20k-£29,999
  • No children
  • Rented flat
  • Low level of household technology

Key Features

  • Retired singles
  • Baby boomers
  • Purpose built flats
  • 1 or 2 bedrooms
  • No outstanding mortgage
  • Visual arts and design sites

Description

Ageing Access are mature householders who live in small but pleasant homes found in accessible locations within cities and larger towns. They are aged in their fifties, sixties and seventies. Many live alone but some are married couples.

They have compact homes that are located in central urban areas close to amenities and shops. These are usually apartments, sometimes terraces, that have one or two bedrooms and are highly priced for their size due to their location. More than half of these residents own their home, others rent from a private landlord.

Those in pre-retirement years tend to earn reasonable incomes from non-manual occupations. Those relying on pensions have reduced but acceptable incomes. Some have good savings and take an interest in personal finance.

While they are less internet savvy than some, they go online regularly via a computer, often to search for information. They occasionally make purchases for items such as books or tickets, either for travel or perhaps for the theatre. Their neighbourhoods are well served by public transport which they use frequently, but many also run a modestly priced car. They read newspapers, though not every day, and some belong to organisations locally.