In more than 6 out of 10 municipalities in the Flemish Region, the proportion of the population aged 65 and above is between 18% and 22% in 2022. In 1 out of 3 municipalities, the proportion of older people in the population was even higher.
In 7 out of 10 coastal municipalities, the over-65s make up more than 33% of the population. In Keerbergen, Hove, Zoersel, Aartselaar, Brasschaat, Veurne, Schilde, Horebeke and Sint-Martens-Latem 25% or more of the population is 65 years and older. The share of over-65s was lowest in Machelen, Vilvoorde, Drogenbos, Spiere-Helkijn and Zaventem with less than 16% of the population aged 65 years or more.
In general, the population is somewhat more aged in the province of West Flanders, in the Flemish Ardennes, in southern Flemish Brabant and parts of Limburg, as well as in municipalities on the eastern side of the city of Antwerp.
In the central cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven, the proportion of older people is relatively limited (less than 17% of the population is over 65 years).