Population Estimates Unit
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444664
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Ward and Electoral District
Mid-2012 ward population estimates refer to the 2012 electoral ward boundaries.
Across England and Wales wards have a mean population size of 6,600.
On average wards in Wales have smaller populations than those in England, with a mean population size of 3,500 compared to 7,000 in England.
The largest wards by population size are city areas in the Midlands and Yorkshire.
Wards with the youngest population age structures are all areas containing universities, in particular the ward with the lowest median age was Heslington in York at 20.3 years.
Ward population estimates are particularly important for use in local government for the planning and monitoring of services, as well as providing detailed information on the population of small local areas for academics and commercial organisations.
This product is part of the set of Small Area Population Estimates (SAPE) and includes mid-2012 estimates for the 8,564 electoral wards in England and Wales (2012 boundaries).