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Client: Yorkshire Housing


Yorkshire Housing wanted to understand the demographic changes in Yorkshire that are set to occur over the next 10 and 25-year timeframes. Edge Analytics were commissioned to look at the population trends in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions as well as looking at social and economic trends that might influence the social geography of Yorkshire to the period 2040. Yorkshire Housing required specific information on population size with a reference to household size, age profile, wealth and income distribution.


Edge Analytics used POPGROUP forecasting technology to derive population and household projections for the 2015-2040 period, providing Yorkshire Housing with a perspective on change in the number and type of households in each of Yorkshire’s local authority districts.

The changing age-structure of the Yorkshire region’s population was illustrated using key age profile indicators, including the age dependency ratio, which measured the balance of population in younger and older age-groups. Edge Analytics also provided additional evidence on the distribution and growth of Yorkshire’s ethnic population.

To present variations in wealth and income, Edge Analytics used The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), in combination with average house price statistics for corresponding areas. Yorkshire Housing was also provided with Census statistics on limiting long-term illness and published statistics on healthy life expectancy to provide the basis for presenting regional variations in health and well-being.