The first results of last year's census were released today, providing a snapshot of the UK at this moment in history.

Here are some of the things we learned about Powys from the latest results, and how it compares to the county as it was 10 years ago.

Powys is growing – but only just

The population in Powys is very much largely the same as it was 10 years ago.

It has grown in this last census but it has had only very marginal growth of 0.2 per cent.

This is not the worst population growth in Wales as Ceredigion’s population has shrunk by 5.8 per cent but it is way behind the whopping 9.5 per cent growth of the population of Newport.

There are fewer young people in county

One of the big changes in the county in the last decade is the drop in the number of working age adults and children in the county.

Since the last census the population of those who are aged 15 to 64 has dropped by 5 per cent, meaning those able to work in the county has dropped noticeably.

But that is only just over half of the decrease of children under the age of 15. There are 9.3 per cent fewer children aged under 15 years in Powys compared to a decade ago.

There are a lot more retirees

In contrast there a has been a huge explosion in the retired population in Powys.

This trend is true across Wales where the population has risen by 17.7 per cent.

In Powys, however, that has trend is accelerating even quicker. Powys was one of the eight local authority areas in Wales, where the total number of people aged 65 years and over increased by 20.0% or more in the last decade with a whopping increase of 22.3% in people aged 65 years old and over.

This will going forward have profound impacts on the need for health and social services going forward.

Powys still has space – lots of it

The census has shown that Powys still has a vast amount of open space.

The amount of land compared to population in Powys works out that every resident has around five football pitches of space each.

In comparison Cardiff, the most densely populated local authority in Wales, that would work out to around 18 people per pitch. In England, Tower Hamlets in London it would be 112 people per pitch.

The amount of space available in Powys is matched in England by only one area – Eden Council in Cumbria.