Yorkshire and The Humber had a faster growing population than England as a whole, and a larger proportion of its population in the 20 to 24 age band than any other region.
The total population was 5.3 million people in mid-2010, the sixth largest of the nine English regions. Between 2001 and 2010 it rose by over 300,000, or 6.5 per cent, compared with 5.6 per cent for England. In 2010, 8.0 per cent of the population were aged 20 to 24 compared with 6.1 per cent in the East of England. The largest population in this age group was in Leeds at around 12 per cent.
The 2008-based projections suggest that the region could have 6.2 million residents by 2030 – 16.5 per cent more than in 2010. This increase is higher than the projected all-England increase of 14.4 per cent.
The population density was 340 residents per sq km in mid-2010, higher than the UK average (260) but lower than the England average (400). Kingston upon Hull (the only entirely urban authority in the region) had the highest population density in the region at 3,700 people per sq km. Sheffield had 1,500 and Leeds and Bradford both had 1,400 or more people per sq km. In contrast, all North Yorkshire districts had at most 140 people per sq km.
The population increased between mid-2008 and mid-2009 by nearly 41,000 with migration accounting for over half of the total. Net international migration resulted in a growth of 28,000. At over 50 people per 10,000 residents, the region had one of the highest international migration rates in England. Migration to and from other parts of the UK resulted in a net decrease of 6,000 people.
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.
Mid-year migration data were published on 25 November 2010.
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