The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate that at Mid-2016 Cumbria’s population was 497,900 persons. When compared to the national average, Cumbria has lower proportions of younger residents and higher proportions of older residents. The ONS project that if recent demographic trends continue, Cumbria’s population is set to decline slightly, with large decreases in numbers of 0-15 year olds and 16-64 year olds offset by large increases in numbers of over 65s. However, local projections incorporating alternative assumptions about the future differ considerably from ONS projections. Below are some key statistics relating to Cumbria’s population. To view these key statistics for smaller areas within the county (i.e. districts, electoral divisions, wards and LSOAs) please click on the ‘Maps’ and ‘Profiles’ options above and for more detailed briefings, summaries, resources, data sources, key documents and useful links, please visit our Further Information page.