Lanzarote Residents Average Age


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The average age of Lanzarote's population has increased since the island was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1991. Specifically, 30 years ago, it had a "relatively young" population between 15 and 29 years old. Currently, the population pyramid is concentrated in the ages between 40 and 54 years. This is stated in the report System of Joint Indicators of Lanzarote and Menorca , on the occasion of the anniversary of the declaration as Biosphere Reserves (1993-2023) of both islands.

Since the early 2000s, the island's median age has aged. So much so that it went from 33 years old to 40 years old . In the case of Menorca, from 38 to 43. "In Lanzarote the percentage of people over 64 years of age has practically doubled," according to the research. In the last three decades the number of elderly people on the Canary Island has grown from 7.7% to 13.3%.

Although the population has aged, social service coverage " does not present improvements in line with development and sociodemographic composition ." So the older population is not having all its needs met, which poses challenges in "health care, social services and well-being." For example, home help services for older people have decreased in both Lanzarote and Menorca.

Although migrations represent the rejuvenation of the population, both Lanzarote and Menorca have "mature population" structures , where young people decrease and older people increase.

According to these data, Lanzarote's aging rate (proportion of population over 64 years of age to population under 16) is already at 83.1 and rises to 122.3 in Menorca.

This aging of the population is combined with the increase in inhabitants, with the addition of anthropic pressure from visitors and tourists that pose " real challenges in terms of sustainability, infrastructure, resource consumption, housing and environmental protection."

In conclusion, aging has social and economic implications because it requires greater attention and resources to care for the elderly. From specialized health care services to social support programs to ensure quality of life. In addition, it will have an impact on the labour market: the more people age, the lower the participation rate in the labour force.