First census results show England & Wales population hitting 59.6m

How much has YOUR town grown? First census results show England & Wales population hitting 59.6m with London boroughs up 22% in a decade but parts of Wales SHRINKINGand nearly a FIFTH are pensioners

  • First census results show England & Wales population continuing to grow over the past decade to 59.6m
  • Rate of growth varied widely with parts of Wales shrinking while some London boroughs were up 22 persent
  • Interactive chart shows the change in towns as figures show the age profile of population getting much older
  • The population grew sharply over the past decadebut the pace varied dramatically in different parts of England and Wales.

    Early results from the census carried out last year have given a fascinating insight into the change, met Londen surging towards Megacity status and older people increasingly dominating.

    England and Wales have seen a 6.3 per cent rise since 2011 to 59.6millionslower than the 7.8 recorded in the previous decade.

    The East of England was the region that swelled the most, op 8.3 per cent from 5.8million to 6.3million.

    The population of London grew by 7.7 per cent in a decade – up from 8.2million to 8.8million. But in some borough the rate was far higher, with Tower Hamlets seeing a 22 per cent spike.

    The expansion in Wales was also notably lower, with Ceredigion seeing numbers drop by 5.8 per cent over the period.

    Intussen, the proportion of the population in older age groups continues to rise. Nearly a fifth – 18.6 persent – were over 65, vanaf 16.4 per cent at the previous census.

    England and Wales have seen a 6.3 per cent rise in population since 2011 to 59.6million - slower than the 7.8 recorded in the previous decade

    England and Wales have seen a 6.3 per cent rise in population since 2011 to 59.6millionslower than the 7.8 recorded in the previous decade

    Key points from census

    The total resident population of England and Wales stood at 59,597,300 on census day, Maart 21 2021, op 3,521,388 van 56,075,912 a decade earlier – an increase of 6.3 persent.

    'N Geskatte 51 per cent of the population was female and 49 per cent male, in vergelyking met 50.8 per cent female and 49.2 per cent male in 2011.

    Sommige 18.6 per cent of the population were aged 65 en oor, vanaf 16.4 persent in 2011, terwyl 23.1 per cent were aged under 20, af van 24 persent.

    Tower Hamlets saw the biggest percentage rise across the decade (op 22.1 persent), followed by Dartford (20 persent), Blaf & Dagenham (17.7 persent) and Bedford (17.7 persent).

    Kensington & Chelsea saw the biggest percentage fall in its population (af 9.6 persent), followed by Westminster (6.9 persent), Ceredigion (5.8 persent) and Copeland (5 persent).

    North Norfolk had the highest proportion of people aged 65 and over on census day 2021 (33.4 persent), followed by Rother (32.4 persent) and East Lindsey (30.4 persent).

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    Die 2021 opname, carried out on March 21 laas jaar, came against the backdrop of both Brexit – which has seen restrictions on immigration – and the coronavirus pandemic.

    Scotland’s census data is not expected until next year after a series of bungles.

    The total population across the two nations was 59,597,300, the ONS said – with 56,489,800 in England and 3,107,500 in Wallis.

    Figures show that the South East remains the most populous region in England with 9.3 miljoen mense, followed by London (8.8miljoen), while the North East was the least populous (2.6 miljoen).

    Wales had lower population growth compared with all English regions, increasing by just 1.4 persent – ongeveer 44,000 mense.

    The lowest in England was the North East at 1.9 persent.

    The ONS said: ‘Population change in certain areas may reflect how the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic affected people’s choice of usual residence on census day.

    ‘These changes might have been temporary for some and more long-lasting for others.

    Meer as 24 million households across England and Wales filled in census questionnaires in spring last year, met 'n rekord 89 per cent of responses completed online.

    Separate figures for Northern Ireland published last month showed that the population on census day was a record 1,903,100, op deur 92,200 of 5 persent sedert 2011.

    The ONS figures show 51 per cent of the population is female, en 49 per cent male. That compared to 50.8 per cent female and 49.2 per cent male in 2011.

    The census takes place across the UK every 10 years and provides the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in the country.

    Its results are used by a range of organisations including governments, councils and businesses, and underpins everything from the calculation of economic growth and unemployment to helping plan schools, health services and transport links.

    Early results from the census carried out last year have given a fascinating insight into the change, with London surging towards Megacity status and older people increasingly dominating

    Early results from the census carried out last year have given a fascinating insight into the change, with London surging towards Megacity status and older people increasingly dominating

    Wales had lower population growth compared with all English regions, increasing by just 1.4 persent - ongeveer 44,000 mense

    Wales had lower population growth compared with all English regions, increasing by just 1.4 persent – ongeveer 44,000 mense

    Data from the 2021 census for England and Wales will be published in stages over the next two years, het die ONS gesê.

    Future releases will include figures on ethnicity, godsdiens, the labour market, education and housing plus – for the first time – information on UK armed forces veterans, sexual orientation and gender identity.

    The census was taken at a time when coronavirus restrictions were still in place across the UK, with people only allowed to leave their homes in England for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, or with one person outside their household, and the rule-of-six on outside gatherings not coming into place until the end of March.