Population revealed in census shows it has grown by 6.3% in the last 10 years | UK News

The population of England and Wales has grown by more than 3.5 million (6.3%) over the past 10 years, from 56.1 to 59.6 million, new census data reveals.

There are now more people aged 65 and over than ever before – accounting for 18.6% of the population, compared to 16.4% in 2011, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows.

Since the last census on 27 March that year, populations have increased in all English regions and in Wales – with the East of England experiencing the highest growth – an increase of 8.3% or roughly 488,000 residents.

The local authorities where the population has decreased the most are both in London. In Kensington and Chelsea it fell by 9.6% and in Westminster it went down by 6.9%.

By contrast, Tower Hamlets, in east London, experienced the highest population growth (an increase of 22.1%), followed by Dartford in Kent (20%).

London also has the highest proportion of 15 to 64-year-olds, with that group accounting for 70%.

There are more people aged 65 and over in Wales (21.3%) than there are in England (18.4%).

The English regions with the most over-65s were North Norfolk and Rother in East Sussex (33.4% and 32.4% of their populations respectively.

East Devon has the most people aged 90 and over – the equivalent of 1.9%.

Across both countries 15 to 64-year-olds make up 64.1% of the population, with under-15s representing 17.4%.

Still more women than men

Like in 2011, there are still more women (51% of the population) than men (49%). In 2011 the split was 50.8% women and 49.2% men.

The latest census, conducted on 21 March 2021, also shows there are 1.4 million more households – an increase of 6.1% – than there were in 2011 – with a total of 24.8 million across the two countries.

Overall the population of the two countries is the highest it has ever been.

But the ONS notes that “population change in certain areas may reflect how the coronavirus pandemic affected people’s choice of usual residence on census day”.

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