68% of the local population falls within the 15 to 64 age bracket, approximately 48% of which - according to the 2005 census data - is composed of those aged 35 through 54. Predictions suggest that by 2010, about half of the predominant 15 to 64 age bracket will be comprised of individuals aged 40 to 59. These figures clearly illustrate that Bermuda, like many other counties, is suffering from an aging population driven by the prevalence of Boomers. Alongside other concerns, this raises questions about death concessions.
With increasing population density caused by sustained population growth, Bermuda is seeing a gradual reduction in open space. The Bermuda National Trust reported that just last year, 31, 020 square metres, a plot of land equivalent to 5.2 football pitches, was "covered by development." But never mind open space, on a 21 square mile island, space itself is limited, and these figures suggest that it won't be long before no land is left for development.
Burial ground in Bermuda is restricted to a handful of established cemeteries and graveyards which have been in use for numerous years. Considering their years of service, and Bermuda's aging population, a legitimate concern is the remaining capacity of these burial grounds, with island space limitations a major reason for which new facilities have not been constructed. A 2007 study in the UK found that "cemeteries and graveyards will be full within 30 years." Although no such studies have been done locally, it is likely that Bermudian cemeteries are nearing capacity and alternative accommodations will be necessary for future dead.