Statistics for journalists

This page outlines statistics about Parkinson's for journalists and other media professionals.

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Parkinson’s UK estimates around 145,000 people with diagnosis of Parkinson’s in UK in 2018.

Broken down within the UK, for 2018, that’s:

  • England – 121,927
  • Scotland – 12,400
  • Wales – 7,692 
  • Northern Ireland – 3,716 

With population growth and ageing, this is likely to increase by a fifth, to around 168,000 people in the UK, by 2025.

1 in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime.


Number of people with Parkinson’s under the age of 50: 1,757 (1.2% of people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s are under the age of 50.)

  • 50-59 years old: 8,661
  • 60-69 years old: 25,626
  • 70-79 years old: 56,845
  • 80-89 years old: 45,450
  • 90+ years old: 7,180

GENDER (2018)

More men than women get Parkinson’s. We don’t know why men are more likely to develop the condition than women, but it may be due to a combination of biological factors (such as hormones or genetics) and lifestyle factors (such as exposure to chemicals).

Men aged 50-89 are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s than women.

Number of men in the UK, aged 50-89, with Parkinson’s: 76,059 

Number of women in the UK, aged 50-89, with Parkinson’s: 52,111

Note: the number of people below the age of 50 and over the age of 90 are too small to divide by gender accurately.