The National Health Service is celebrating its 70th birthday. The years since it was founded in 1948 have seen the country change in some dramatic ways. Here are nine charts that show just some of the ways, large and small, that the UK has changed.
(In some cases, when there isn’t easily accessible data for the whole UK, we’ve had to just look at England and Wales—and we don’t always have figures going back exactly to 1948. The general trends, though, speak for themselves).
Baby names have changed a lot
Birth and death registrations have been up and down
The foreign-born population of England and Wales has more than tripled
The price of a pint of milk is more affordable (once you adjust for inflation)
Our typical shopping basket looks rather different
Marriage rates have more than halved in some parts of the country
And we’re having children at a lower rate
And now we’re older, and there are more of us
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