Census results for England and Wales have been released, and revealed the latest population figures for regions across the countries.
Included in the 2021 census are the population figures for Newcastle and the wider North East region.
So, how has the population changed in Newcastle in the last ten years?
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest data.
What is a census?
The census happens every 10 years and aims to give an accurate depiction of the people and households across England and Wales.
Census Day was last held on Sunday 21 March 2021. The first one was held in 1801.
Members of each household will be given questions that help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services such as education, transport and healthcare in specific areas.
A spokesperson for The office of National Statistics (ONS) said: “The census happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales”
“Your answers to census questions help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area including transport, education and healthcare.”
How many households took part in the census?
There were 24.8 million households in England and Wales on census day 2021.
The last census in 2011 recorded that there were 23.4 million households.
The average amount of people stayed the same for both with an average of 2.4 people.
What is the population of Newcastle?
The first results of the 2021 census are in and they show Newcastle has seen its population increase over the last decade.
On census day, 300,200 people were living in the area which was up 7% from 280,177 in 2011, when the last census was carried out.
This also means the population density has grown to 2,646 usual residents per square kilometre, up from 2,470 in 2011.
Historic populations of Newcastle:
- 1981: 272,914
- 1991: 259,541
- 2001: 259,526
- 2011: 280,177
- 2021: 300,200
What is the population of the North East?
The census reported that across England and Wales, the total population grew 6.3% over the past decade, from 56,075,912 in 2011 to 59,597,300 last year.
This included a 1.9% increase in the North East, where the population rose to 2,647,100 from 2,596,886 in 2011.
Historic populations of the North East:
- 1981: 2,595,669
- 1991: 2,543,569
- 2001: 2,515,445
- 2011: 2,596,886
- 2021: 2,647,100
How has the population of Newcastle changed over the last ten years?
This is the first results that show Newcastle’s population growth over the past decade.
The census shows the balance of men and women in the area has changed – Newcastle’s population is now 49.4% male and 50.6% female, meaning there is now a higher proportion of women in the area than 10 years ago.
In 2011, people living in Newcastle were 50% male and 50% female.
The results also show the area is ageing. A decade ago the population was made up of 10.9% under-10s and 13.8% over-65s, but this has changed to 10.8% and 14.9% respectively by 2021.