How the population changed where you live: Census 2021

28 June 2022

The population of England and Wales has increased by more than 3.5 million in the 10 years leading up to Census 2021. Using the first results from this census, we look at which places have seen the biggest increases and decreases, which areas had the largest growth in different age groups, and how your chosen local authority area compares with others.

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Population change in certain areas may reflect how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affected people's choice of usual residence on Census Day, for example, students and in some urban areas.

These changes might have been temporary for some and more long-lasting for others.

First results from Census 2021 are rounded to the nearest 100 so may not add exactly.

Changes over time have been calculated with rounded estimates for Census 2021 and unrounded estimates from the 2011 Census.

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