Costa Blanca ‘growing old’

ALICANTE: Retired expatriates raising average age.

ALICANTE towns are some of the greyest in Spain thanks to their large populations of retired expatriates. The average age for a Rojales resident is 52.4.  That is the oldest of any Spanish municipality with a population of more than 10,000.

And it is no coincidence that Rojales also heads another category for large towns, with 72 per cent of its residents foreign.  

Many are retired, a combination that explains Rojales’ comparatively old population, according to Spain’s National Statistics Institute, INE.

This link between an older population and a large proportion of retired foreign residents is repeated in Teulada, Javea, Alfaz del Pi, Calpe, Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja.  

These towns’ have an average age of 44, compared with Alicante province’s 41.74. Alfaz del Pi, Calpe , Guardamar and Torrevieja follow Rojales with Spain’s largest percentages of foreign residents.  Many are pensioners, principally from the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, INE said.

No Alicante town was included in the list of large municipalities with low average ages. The majority of these are located near large cities and expanded during the recent property boom.

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