East Midlands had one of the fastest growing populations between 2001 and 2010. Above-average growth is projected to continue, with particularly large growth rates in the older age groups.
The population of the East Midlands was 4.5 million in mid-2010, 8.6 per cent of the population of England.
The population of the East Midlands increased at the second fastest rate of any English region between 2001 and 2010, rising by 7.0 per cent compared with 5.6 per cent for England. The 2008-based projections suggest that the region may have 5.2 million residents by 2030, 16.4 per cent more than in 2010. The projected increase for England is 14.4 per cent over the same time period.
In 2010, 17.1 per cent of residents in the East Midlands were aged 65 and over. The proportion in this age group is expected to grow much faster than the total population. The projections show that by 2030, 23.3 per cent of residents could be aged 65 and over. This represents an increase of 59 per cent in the number of people aged 65 and over compared with 49 per cent for England.
There was net migration to the region of 32 people per 10,000 residents in 2009, almost equal to the England average of 33 per 10,000 residents.
Population density in the East Midlands in mid-2010 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 West Lindsey in Lincolnshire, to 4,200 in Leicester unitary authority.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Population estimates and projections are for 30 June each year. The mid-2010 population estimates are those published on 30 June 2011 and the 2008-based subnational population projections are those published on 27 May 2010.
Migration data are for calendar years and were published on 25 November 2010.
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