Slight increase in births hoped to balance Malaga’s aging population

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FIGURES from the padron residence registries have found that the Malaga Province population is getting older and older.
While 20 years ago the average age for the province was a spritely 35, the financial crisis and movement of youngsters to the cities and abroad in search of work, combined with low birth rates, has brought it up to almost 41.
There are currently 267,591 over 64-year-olds living in the province, and just 264,034 children under 15 in stark contrast to the 90s when there were just 45.6 pensioners for every 100 children.
Yet there is hope for the overall age of Malagueños as although expatriates continue to leave the area, Spaniards continue to move into what is seen, in spite of unemployment figures, as a land of opportunities.
Birth rates are also starting to rise again for the first time since 2008, which is also expected to help put some spring back into our steps and lower the average age.

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