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Population increase across Yorkshire and Humber


11:39am 16th July 2012
(Updated 4:26pm 16th July 2012)

The official population of Yorkshire and the Humber has increased.

Last years Census shows 5.3 million of us live here, that's an increase of 6 percent since 2001.

Nationally the population has grown by 56.1 million.

The figure has risen 3-point-7 million in the past decade.

Office for National Statistics Statement:

The population of Yorkshire and the Humber on census day (27 March 2011) was 5.3 million, an increase of 6 per cent from 4.9 million in 2001. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the first results from the 2011 Census today.

By comparison the population across the whole of England and Wales increased by 7 per cent to 56.1 million, the largest growth in population in any 10-year period since census taking began in 1801.

Jil Matheson, National Statistician said:

"I'd like to thank everyone in Yorkshire and Humber for their support. The 2011 Census has been a resounding success and I am proud of the incredible effort that has been put in. It is a rich source of information about the population and its characteristics. Across England and Wales around 19 out of 20 people responded and we have excellent statistical methods for ensuring we have a complete estimate of the whole population. These statistics will provide valuable information for planners, policy-makers and the public for years to come."

All local authorities in Yorkshire and the Humber grew in population. The largest growth was in Bradford (11 per cent) and the smallest growth was 1 per cent in North East Lincolnshire.

Leeds was the largest local authority by population with 751,500 people, an increase of 35,900 (5 per cent) between 2001 and 2011. The local authority with the fewest people was Ryedale, with 51,700.

Ryedale was also the least densely populated with 34 people per square kilometre. The most densely populated was Kingston upon Hull with almost

3,600 people per square kilometre, which equates to around 36 people on a rugby pitch.

The local authority with the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over was Scarborough with 23 per cent; Bradford had the smallest proportion in this age group (13 per cent). Conversely, Bradford had the largest proportion of people aged-19-and-under with 29 per cent, and Scarborough the smallest with 21 per cent.

Across England and Wales there was an increase of 13 per cent in the number of children under with over 400,000 more in 2011 than in 2001. In Yorkshire and the Humber there were 37,300 more children under five in 2011 compared to 2001, an increase of 13 per cent.

Bradford had the largest proportion of under fives (8 per cent), with the smallest proportion in Craven (5 per cent).

The total number of households in Yorkshire and the Humber was 2.2 million.

Bradford had the largest average household size with 2.6 people and Scarborough (along with Craven) had the smallest with 2.2.

Glen Watson, Census Director said:

 "The whole operation has worked well. We met our targets both for response and quality. We’ve had fantastic support from the public, and also from voluntary groups, community groups and local authorities throughout England and Wales. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, including the 35,000 people who worked on the data collection and helped to make the census a success."

York Stats

Figures show that in 2011 York’s population was 198,000 and York’s household population was 83,600.

Figures also show that York has 16,700 (9.2 per cent) more people than in 2001 when the last census took place, which showed the population as 181,300. It is also 2.2 per cent lower than previous predictions (mid-year 2010).

The number of 20-24 year olds has increased the most since 2001, by 5,500 (38.5 per cent).

Other significant increases are in the 60-64 year old population, which has risen by 2,800, (31.5 per cent) and 85 plus year olds by 1,200 (32.4 per cent).

Thee most significant decrease was in the 30-34 and 35-39 year old groups, which has reduced the most since 2001, by 1,300 each (9.4 per cent).

Cllr James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council, said:

”Even though these are initial Census figures, they still paint a picture of what our local population is compared to the last Census ten years ago and is crucial information we rely on to identify our local needs.”

The second release of data will become available between November 2012 and spring 2013.

For more information please visit www.census.gov.uk

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