Bexhill-on-Sea is the UK centre for longevity

One of the first detailed analyses of the 2012 census has showed which counties in theUKhave the largest number of centenarians, and the town of Bexhill-on-Sea has been revealed in an article by The Telegraph to beBritain’s centenarian centre.

The county of Sussex is well known for having a large percentage of people past retirement age, particularly the towns of Bexhill, Worthing andEastbourne, which occupy the top 3 spots in the list. In Bexhill in particular, 66 people have lived for over 100 years, 1,722 people are in their 90s and nearly 7,000 are in their 80s out of a total population of 90,600.

Also occupying the list of centres of longevity are West Somerset, Torbay in Devon, West Dorset, East Devon, Bournemouth in Dorset, the Isles of Scilly and theMalvern Hills. When looking at these places on a map, it quickly becomes clear what kinds of areas have populations which have the incredible benefit of nurturing longevity.

The areas are plentiful with many things, such as beautiful scenery, a leisurely pace of life, stairlifts, and fresh sea air, so it is no wonder that people choose to spend the extended leisure time that comes with retirement in these places. A general overview of the map shows thatBritain’s coastal areas in particular are popular with centenarians.

A recent survey also revealed that Bexhill is the sunniest resort in theUK, so its place as the top spot to live for centenarians is certainly well-deserved. According to Julian Porter, curator of Bexhill Museum, there is a long-running local joke that “people retire to Bexhill and then forget to die”. As Bexhill is such a beautiful, interesting and sunny place to live, one can’t help but entertain the idea that there might be an element of truth in the joke.

The analysis of the census just goes to show what we begin to appreciate with life experience, and even if we begin to use walk in baths and other such mobility aids to help us around the home, outside the home is what really makes the difference. There are plenty of areas of the country that are desirable places to live, and the map shows that it is the more naturally attractive areas of the UK that have the biggest appeal to those who have the chance to take a step back and appreciate the things in life that all too often seem to pass us by.

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