I was wondering how many Brits are actually living in this area. So I turned to the net. Here’s my unscientific study, done over a coffee and on the back of (two) envelopes.
Facebook reckons there are 5,600 people matching that criteria.
What percentage of the population could that actually be? Well, a recent and much quoted study found that 77% of the adult UK population had a Facebook account. Assuming that the same percentage holds out here (internet access: it’s a human right in Andalucia!) that would give us a total population of 6,888 British expats within 50 miles of Mojacar.
Broken down by age groups this gives us:
- 13-20: 660 people
- 21-30: 1,400
- 31-40: 1,040
- 41-50: 960
- 51-60: 660
- 61+: 1,620
A total, I notice, of 6,340 people. Either I misclicked, or (more likely) Facebook isn’t entirely accurate when returning this type of demographics.
How many people with English (all) as their first language?
The above study was conducted with people who had marked English (UK) as their native language. I extended the study to return English (All), and got a suspiciously round figure of 10,000 people from Facebook. However, searching for English (US) gave me 7,400 people. The other variants of English available on facebook (Pirate, Upside Down, etc) didn’t return any results. So we have 7,400 US English speakers + 5,600 UK English speakers: A total of 13,000 people. Hmm, round again?
Assuming the same 77% of the total population has facebook, we get about 16,000 English speaking people within 50 miles of Mojacar, which is about what I’ve always suspected.
I broke down the US English speakers by the same age groups and got roughly the same results. Again, the total population (adding up the age groups) gave me 7,760, more than the original 7,400.
Running the numbers, breaking down the age groups into their percentages:
English(UK): 10% 23% 16% 15% 10% 26%
English(US):12% 25% 23% 16% 11% 13%
Facebook as census taker. Love it.