Utrecht is a young city
Utrecht has a lot of young residents. 62% of all Utrecht residents are aged under 40. The proportion of residents aged 65 and over is relatively low. 10% of Utrecht residents are aged 65 and over. Nationally, this percentage is 18%; in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, this percentage averages 14%.
Utrecht will remain a young city, but with more elderly people
In the future, Utrecht will remain a city with many people in their twenties and thirties, but the number of residents aged 65 and over will greatly increase. By 2040, Utrecht will have grown by 22%. This percentage includes residents in all age groups. This growth is strongest among residents aged 65 and over and among those aged 12-17.
Population growth in absolute numbers and percentages by age from 1 January 2018:
Relatively many young children in Utrecht
The percentage of children aged 0-4 in Utrecht is higher than in other large cities in the Netherlands. Leidsche Rijn and Vleuten-De Meern are the districts with the greatest numbers of children. 35% of all youngsters in Utrecht live in one of these two areas.
More young women than men
More than 42,000 women in their twenties live in Utrecht, as compared to less than 35,000 men. The courses at Utrecht’s colleges and universities attract more women than men. This is comparable to Amsterdam, for example. Cities such as Delft and Eindhoven, which offer more technical courses, attract more young men.
Many students live in Utrecht
More than 25,500 university students studying for hbo or university degrees live in Utrecht and also study in Utrecht. This is 7% of the population. 91% of them live away from their parents. Utrecht is also home to almost 6,000 students who live away from home while studying outside of Utrecht.
Fewer young adults decide to live in Utrecht
The number of young adults aged 18-25 moving to Utrecht is declining sharply: from 12,649 in 2014 to 10,837 in 2016. 38% of people who move to Utrecht are students and new entrants to the labour market. The main reason for this decrease is the change in study grants as of September 2015. Across the country, fewer students are living away from home and fewer young people elect to study. The CBS (Statistics Netherlands) sees this trend in all student cities.