The population of the East of England on census day (27 March 2011) was more than 5.8 million, an increase of 8 per cent from 2001 when it was 5.4 million. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the first results from the 2011 Census today.
By comparison the population across the whole of England and Wales increased by 7 per cent to 56.1 million, the largest growth in population in any 10-year period since census taking began in 1801.
Jil Matheson, National Statistician said:
"I'd like to thank everyone in the East of England for their support. The 2011 Census has been a resounding success and I am proud of the incredible effort that has been put in. It is a rich source of information about the population and its characteristics. Across England and Wales around 19 out of 20 people responded and we have excellent statistical methods for ensuring we have a complete estimate of the whole population. These statistics will provide valuable information for planners, policy-makers and the public for years to come."
Most local authorities in the region increased in population since 2001, although Tendring had a small decrease (0.6 per cent). Peterborough grew the most with a population increase since 2001 of 26,200 (17 per cent).
The largest local authority in the East of England by population was Central Bedfordshire with 254,000 people, an increase of 20,400 (9 per cent) between 2001 and 2011.
Forest Heath was the local authority with the fewest people (59,700).
Luton was the most densely populated with almost 4,700 people per square kilometre, which equates to around 47 people on a rugby pitch. The least densely populated was Breckland, with 100 people per square kilometre.
The local authority with the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over was North Norfolk with 29 per cent; the smallest proportion was in Luton (12 per cent). Conversely, Luton had the largest proportion of people aged 19 and under (28 per cent) and North Norfolk the smallest (19 per cent).
Across England and Wales there has been a 13 per cent increase in the number of children under five, with over 400,000 more than in 2001. In the East of England there were 40,000 more under-fives compared to 2001, an increase of 12 per cent. Luton had the largest proportion in this age group with 8 per cent, with the smallest proportion in North Norfolk (4 per cent).
The total number of households in the East of England was 2.4 million. Luton had the highest average household size with 2.7 people, with the lowest in Norwich (2.1).
Glen Watson, Census Director said:
"The whole operation has worked well. We met our targets both for response and quality. We’ve had fantastic support from the public, and also from voluntary groups, community groups and local authorities throughout England and Wales. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, including the 35,000 people who worked on the data collection and helped to make the census a success."
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|East of England||2011 population||2001 population||Change 2001-2011 (per cent)|
|King's Lynn and West Norfolk||147,500||135,600||8.8|
Table source: Office for National Statistics
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