The East of England has the fastest growing population in England and this is projected to continue. It has one of the highest total net migration rates of all the English regions.
The total population was 5.8 million in mid-2010, 11 per cent of the population of England.
The region had the highest percentage increase in population between 2001 and 2010 of all regions in England at 8.0 per cent, compared with the England average of 5.6 per cent. The 2008-based projections suggest the region may have almost 7.0 million residents by 2030 – 19.5 per cent more than in 2010. This is the largest projected increase of the English regions, compared with the England increase of 14.4 per cent.
In 2009, the region had the highest total net migration rate of all English regions at 67 per 10,000 residents. Two-thirds of this was due to international migration. The region had the third highest net population increases due to both international (26,000) and inter-regional migration (13,000) in England.
In mid-2010, 17.5 per cent of East of England residents were aged 65 and over, compared with 16.5 per cent for England as a whole. The projections suggest that by 2030 these percentages will rise to 23.2 per cent for the East of England compared with 21.7 per cent for the whole of England.
The population density of 300 residents per sq km in mid-2010 was above the UK average of 260 but below the England average of 400. It was highest in Luton UA with 4,600 people per sq km and lowest in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and Breckland local authority districts each with 100 people per sq km.
Source: Office for National Statistics
The geography used reflects the changes which took place in April 2009.
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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