Census data 2011 released today shows rise in Leicester's population
The population of Leicester has increased by 47,100 in the last 10 years according to new census data released today.
In March 2011 everyone in the country was asked to fill in a form giving a snapshot of the population, the census data for the decade.
The figures, released by the Government today, show Leicester's population is 329,900 compared with 282,800 in 2001, an increase of almost 17%.
The figures are used by the Government to determine how much money the city should be given for services such as education and social services.
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The figures show the biggest age group in the city is 20 to 24-year-olds, which make up 35,400 people.
There are also 1,800 people in the city aged more than 90.
Overall there are more than 37,200 people in Leicester past retirement age.
The figures also count 24,300 under fives in Leicester.
The figures show the population of Leicestershire in 2011 was 650,500 compared with 609,579 in 2001.
The rest of the census data, including information on occupations, religions etc, is to be released later in the year.
Nationally, the population of England and Wales has leapt by 3.7 million over the last decade, the biggest growth between censuses since records began, according to new figures.
The number of people living in England and Wales stands at 56.1 million, a rise of just over 7% on the 52.4 million registered in the 2001 census.
The growth in population was fuelled by migration, increased life expectancy and a rise in fertility rates, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The new figures show the biggest growth in numbers in any period between censuses since the headcount began 210 years ago in 1801, with England now the fifth fastest growing country in the European Union.
The ONS said the figures showed that the population for England and Wales was just under half a million higher, or 480,000, than was previously estimated.
Glen Watson, director of the 2011 Census, said: “In 2011, growth of 3.7 million stands out as being the largest growth in any 10-year period in the last 210 years.
“The population has been growing throughout the decade since 2001. These latest 2011 population estimates are 1% higher than we previously thought, just under half a million higher.”
For more onformation on the national picture see the Office for National Statistics: Census 2011 (pdf file)