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Release: Primary Care Organisation Population Estimates, Mid-2011 Final (Census Based)

Released: 11 April 2013


Pete Large

Population Estimates Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444661

Categories: Population, Population Change, Population Estimates, Population Estimates by Age and Sex

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England

Geographical breakdown: Other area classification

  • In mid-2011 the median population size of Primary Care Organisations (PCOs) was 288,700 compared to 268,900 in mid-2001.

  • The PCOs with the largest percentage population increases over the ten year period since mid-2001 are in London.

  • Most PCOs where population has decreased over the ten year period since mid-2001 are in the north of England.

  • The PCO with the highest median age in mid-2011 was Dorset at 47.8.

  • The PCO with the lowest median age in mid-2011 was Heart of Birmingham Teaching at 28.9.

  • PCO population estimates are produced for use by both central government departments and local authorities for a range of purposes including, for example, planning and monitoring of services.

This product is part of the set of Small Area Population Estimates (SAPE). It includes estimates of the usually resident population as at 30 June of the reference year for Primary Care Organisations in England by age and sex. These estimates are consistent with the Census based local authority, regional and national population estimates. Estimates reflect the administrative boundaries in place on 30 June 2011.


Supporting Material

Quality and Methodology Information (QMI) (167.1 Kb Pdf)

Super Output Area Methodology Guide



Health Geography Population Estimates - Mid-2012

Health Geography Population Estimates - Mid-2002 to Mid-2010 (Revised)

Primary Care Organisations Population Estimates - Mid 2001

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  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

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