The population of the East Midlands on census day (27 March 2011) was 4.5 million – an increase of 8 per cent from 2001 when it was 4.2 million. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the first results from the 2011 Census today.
Outside London, the East Midlands was one of three English regions to have grown by 8 per cent between 2001 and 2011. By comparison, the population across the whole of England and Wales increased by 7 per cent to 56.1 million.
Jil Matheson, National Statistician, said:
"I'd like to thank everyone in the East Midlands 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."
No local authority in the East Midlands saw a decrease in population. The smallest increase (0.7 per cent) was in Oadby and Wigston. Across all of England and Wales 17 local authorities saw a decrease in population.
Leicester was the largest local authority in the East Midlands with 330,000 people, an increase of 47,000 between 2001 and 2011. Leicester grew the most (17 per cent) in the region and the next greatest population growths were in South Derbyshire and Boston, both with 16 per cent.
Rutland had the smallest population with 37,000 people, but it still grew by more than 8 per cent from 2001 to 2011.
Leicester was the most densely populated with 4,500 people per square kilometre, which equates to about 45 people on a rugby pitch. The least densely populated local authority was West Lindsey with 77 people per square kilometre.
The local authority with the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over was East Lindsey with 26 per cent; the smallest proportion in this age group was in Leicester (11 per cent). Conversely, Leicester had the largest proportion of people aged 19-and-under with 27 per cent, and East Lindsey the smallest with 20 per cent.
Across all of England and Wales there was a 13 per cent increase in the number of children under- five, with more than 400,000 more people in this age group in 2011 than in 2001. In the East Midlands there were 31,000 more children under five compared with 2001 (an increase of 13 per cent). Northampton and Leicester had the largest proportion of under-fives (each with 7 per cent), with the smallest proportion in Derbyshire Dales (4 per cent).
The total number of households in the East Midlands was 1.9 million. The local authority with the largest number of households was Nottingham with 126,000. Leicester has the largest average household size in the region, with 2.6 people, and East Lindsey the smallest (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."
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|LA Name||2011 population||2001 population||Change 2001-2011 (per cent)|
|Newark and Sherwood||114,800||106,400||7.9|
|Hinckley and Bosworth||105,100||100,200||4.9|
|North East Derbyshire||99,000||96,900||2.2|
|North West Leicestershire||93,500||85,700||9.1|
|Oadby and Wigston||56,200||55,800||0.7|
Table source: Office for National Statistics
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