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Lizzy Davies, Monday 16th July 2012 20:02
A quiet corner of East Sussex made famous by a battle fought in 1066, Rother boasts a handful of the quaintest and most historic towns in England.
According to the results of census 2011, however, it has one other distinction to recommend it: it has the highest proportion of women of any local authority in England and Wales, with 52.25% of local residents being female.
This has more to do with the average age of its population than anything mysterious in the water. As one of a cluster of areas where more than a quarter of the population is now over 65, it is demographically predisposed to having an even greater imbalance of the sexes than elsewhere.
Of the total population of England and Wales, women make up 51%; there were 28.5 million of them recorded in the 2011 census, compared with 27.6 million men. Propelled by their longer life expectancy, female nonagenarians now outnumber their male counterparts by nearly three to one.