The population of the South East on census day (27 March 2011) was 8.6 million, an increase of 8 per cent from 2001 when it was 8 million. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the first results from the 2011 Census today.
It remains the region with the largest population in England and Wales. It was one of three English regions that grew by 8 per cent between 2001 and 2011. London grew the most, by 12 per cent.
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 the South East 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 the South East grew in population. The largest growth was in Milton Keynes (17 per cent) and the smallest growth was 3 per cent in Adur (West Sussex) which also had the smallest population (61,200).
Brighton and Hove was the largest local authority by population in the South East with 273,000 people, an increase of 23,500 (9 per cent) between 2001 and 2011.
Portsmouth was the most densely populated local authority area in the region (and the most densely populated in England and Wales outside London) with 5,082 people per square kilometre which equates to about 51 people on a rugby pitch. Chichester was the least densely populated with 145 people per square kilometre.
The local authority with the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over was Rother with 28 per cent; the smallest proportion in this age group was in Slough (9 per cent). Conversely, Slough had the highest proportion of people aged 19 and under with 29 per cent, while Arun had the lowest proportion (20 per cent).
Across England and Wales there was a 13 per cent increase in the number of children under five with over 400,000 more under fives in 2011 than in 2001. In the South East there were 62,400 more under-fives compared with 2001, an increase of 13 per cent. Slough has the largest proportion in this age group (9 per cent), with the smallest being in Rother (4 per cent).
The total number of households in the South East was 3.6 million. Slough had the largest average household size in the region with 2.8 people, the highest outside London.
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."
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|South East||2011 population||2001 population||Change 2001-2011 (per cent)|
|Brighton and Hove||273,400||249,900||9.4|
|Basingstoke and Deane||167,800||152,900||9.7|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||144,600||133,500||8.3|
|Isle of Wight||138,300||132,900||4.1|
|Reigate and Banstead||137,800||126,700||8.8|
|Vale of White Horse||121,000||115,800||4.5|
|Tonbridge and Malling||120,800||107,800||12.1|
|Epsom and Ewell||75,100||67,100||11.9|
Table source: Office for National Statistics
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