Merseyside’s oldest and youngest neighbourhoods identified

The latest population figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed the generational makeup of the UK.

They show that 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.

Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964, Gen X between 1965 and 1980, and Millennials (also known as Gen Y) between 1981 and 1996.

In comparison, Gen Z (or Zoomers) – born between 1997 and 2012 – make up 19% of the population, Gen Alpha (2013 – 2025) 8%, and the Silent Generation (1928 – 1945) 8%.

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Meanwhile, the so-called Greatest Generation (1901 – 1927) make up just 1% of people in the UK.

This distribution is as you would expect considering the different age groups involved.

However, the figures can be much more skewed on a local level, depending on whether a neighbourhood is a hotspot for young professionals, a haven for retirees, or somewhere in between.

You can see which group dominates your neighbourhood using our postcode search interactive:

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The interactive analyses hyperlocal data – areas with a population of around 7,200 people each – to give you the figures for your neighbourhood.

The city centre area in Liverpool, has more millennials than any other part of Merseyside, with Gen Y making up 57% of residents.

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Meanwhile, the student neighbourhoods that stretch from Islington to Upper Parliament Street are home to the highest proportion of Zoomers in our area, at 35%.

Meanwhile, the streets around Ainsdale, Sefton have a particularly high rate of Boomers (33%), while Waterloo, Crosby has more Gen Xers than anywhere else in Merseyside (23%).

A Liverpool neighbourhood in Norris Green has the highest proportion of Gen Alphas (14%), and one area of Southport, Sefton has the highest proportion of both the Silent Generation (23%) and more of the Greatest Generation than anywhere else in Merseyside (4%).