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East Riding of Yorkshire 'attracting retirees'

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Image caption East Yorkshire's towns, including Bridlington, are proving popular with pensioners

The East Riding of Yorkshire is one of the most popular places in England for people to move to in retirement, research has shown.

About 1,000 people over the age of 65 moved to the district, which includes the Yorkshire Wolds and coastal town of Bridlington, in 2009.

Only Wiltshire and Cornwall saw larger levels of migration, with 1,300 and 1,200 people respectively moving there.

The research was conducted for the BBC by public sector analysts at Experian.

The head of Yorkshire's tourism agency said he was not surprised by the figures.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "We have seen what can only be described as quite a dramatic increase in people visiting areas such as the Yorkshire coast and the East Riding.

"We think this has led to many people then choosing to retire to these places.

"It would seem that travelling overseas to places such as Spain and retiring there is becoming a thing of the past."

The researchers also collected data on other issues, such as which areas of the UK had a higher concentration of residents aged over 50.

They found the East Riding had a concentration of 42%, compared to the UK average of 34.5%. In North Lincolnshire the figure was also above average at 39%.

Both of those figures were expected to rise by 2029, when the concentration of over 50s in the East Riding is forecast to be 48.2% and in North Lincolnshire it is expected to be 44.3%.

In Hull, the current concentration of residents aged over 50 is less than the UK average at 29.9%, and is expected to rise to 31.4% by 2029.

Life expectancy for men and women was above average in the East Riding but slightly below average in northern Lincolnshire and Hull.

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