A Surrey village has the highest proportion of people aged 93 or over out of any neighbourhood in Surrey while almost 40% of the population of one part of Guildford is made up of Millennials.
The Office for National Statistics has published data which shows the generational makeup of every part of the UK, down to neighbourhood level.
It has revealed some interesting detail about which parts of Surrey are more popular with different age groups, with concentrations of certain generations seemingly flocking to particular pockets of the county.
What are the age groups?
The Greatest Generation – born between 1901 and 1927
The Silent Generation – born between 1928 and 1945
Baby Boomers – born between 1946 and 1964
Gen X – born between 1965 and 1980
Millennials (also known as Gen Y) – born between 1981 and 1996
Gen Z (or Zoomers) – born between 1997 and 2012
Gen Alpha – born between 2013 and 2025
So who lives where?
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The Greatest Generation includes anyone aged between 93 and 119 and it’s in Banstead that you’ll find the highest proportion of the county’s oldest residents.
The ONS breaks down communities to specific areas, each with a population of around 7,200, so most of Banstead village falls into one such area.
Around 3% of all residents living in the village are part of that generation.
Another defined area is in Guildford town centre, and encapsulates the GU1 4 postcode, running from the railway line at Guildford station to London Road station. It also includes Markenfield Road to the north and North Street to the south, and it’s here that you’ll find the highest concentration of Millennials.
An incredible 39% of people living here are aged between 24 and 39.
A neighbourhood that includes a large part of Egham to the west of the M25, as well as Englefield Green and Bishopsgate, features the highest proportion of Zoomers, at 38%. This group includes those aged 8-23.
Meanwhile it’s an area in Mole Valley that you’ll find Surrey’s largest community of Baby Boomers. The post-war group make up 32% of the population in the neighbourhood including Headley, Langley Vale, Box Hill and Betchworth.
A neighbourhood in the north east areas of both Walton and Hersham has Surrey’s largest proportion of very young children – those aged seven and under, known as Generation Alpha – with 11% of the population coming under that age group.
Finally, you’ll find The Silent Generation quietly going about their lives in an area that includes parts of Fetcham and The Bookhams (Great and Little). Here, 16% of the population is aged between 75 and 92.
The national picture
Nationally, there is an even mix of Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials across the country – with each of the three generations making up 21% of the population.
In comparison, Gen Z, or Zoomers, make up 19% of the population, Gen Alpha 8%, and The Silent Generation 8%.
Meanwhile, the Greatest Generation make up just 1% of people in the UK.