East Midlands had one of the fastest growing populations of all English regions between 2001 and 2011.
The population of the East Midlands was 4.5 million in mid-2011, 9% of the population of England.
The population increased at the third highest rate of any English region between 2001 and 2011, rising by 8.3% compared with 7.4% for England. The interim 2011-based projections suggest that the region may have 4.9 million residents by 2021, 8.6% more than in 2011, the same as the projected percentage increase for England over the same time period.
Within the region, most notably the populations of Leicester unitary authority (UA) and Nottingham UA increased by around 15% between 2001 and 2011. They are both projected to increase by around 5% in the next 10 years.
In mid-2011, 17.2% of residents in the East Midlands were aged 65 and over, a similar proportion to most other regions outside London. In this region, as nationally, the proportion in this age group is expected to grow much faster than the total population. The projections show that by 2021, 20.1% of residents could be aged 65 and over.
International and interregional net migration to the region increased the population at a rate of 26 people per 10,000 residents in 2010, compared with the England average of 41 per 10,000 residents.
Population density in the East Midlands in mid-2011 was 290 residents per sq km, one of the lowest among the English regions. It varied from less than 80 residents per sq km in local authorities West Lindsey and East Lindsey in Lincolnshire, to 4,500 in Leicester UA.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Notes and sources:
The data section of this release (454.5 Kb Excel sheet) provides more Population and Migration data. Office for National Statistics is the source for the data.
Population estimates and projections are based on the 2011 Census. The mid-2011 population estimates are those published on 25 September 2012 and the interim 2011-based subnational population projections were published on 28 September 2012.
Migration data are for calendar years. The latest calendar year for which both interregional and international migration are available is 2010. Interregional migration data were published on 17 October 2011 and international migration data were published on 24 November 2011. An interactive map of Internal Migration in England and Wales by Local Authority allows you to view ONS migration estimates for England & Wales as a ‘flow map’ drawing lines on the map to represent movements of migrants between areas of the country. The map requires a web browser capable of supporting HTML5 content – for example, Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Chrome, Safar and iOS5+/Android3+ mobile devices.
The 2011 Census provides a wealth of information for local areas. In particular you may be interested in:
2001 vs 2011 – Population and Age – interactive map allows you to find your area’s average age, population density and more
2011 Census area comparison tool – interactive tool allows the comparison of any 2 areas in England and Wales using 2011 Census population estimates and also provides a visual summary of change since 2001. Note – Requires Adobe Flash v10 or above
Census population and change – interactive map allows you to find the population density and change in population in your area since 2001
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