2011 Census data first release: Mapping the change(s)…
July 31, 2012
So, last week we received the 2011 Census first release figures which showed that the population of England and Wales has reached 56.1 million – up by 3.7 million in a decade – the largest growth shown by any census since they began in 1801.
Given that mapping and data is our bread and butter, we thought it would be fun to map some of the key variables to see a visual representation of not only how, but where, the population of England and Wales has grown and changed.
Let’s look at some key facts…
- Half of the total increase in population was in London, the South-East and the East regions of England
- There were 430,000 residents aged 90 and over in 2011 compared with 340,000 in 2001 (and just 13,000 in 1911)
- The number of people in their 20s has risen from 6.6 million to 7.6 million (likely to be caused by migrant workers)
- There were almost a million more women than men in the 2011 Census
The ONS attributes approximately 55% of the population increase to net migration.
Further population projections will be published in the Autumn when more 2011 Census data becomes available.
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