Derbyshire population grows, but at a slower rate than rest of England

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Derbyshire’s population of 769,700 has grown at a slower rate than that of England and the East Midlands according to the results of the 2011 Census.

Since 2001 the number of residents in the county has increased by 35,100 (4.8 per cent) compared to a 7.9 per cent increase in England and 8.7 per cent in the East Midlands.

Meanwhile, the proportion of pre-school age population has increased slightly while the number of school-age children (5-14) has declined.

And the number of people aged 65+ in the county has grown representing 18.6 per cent of Derbyshire’s population.

Other findings from the Census, carried out on 27 March 2011, include:

* The number of people aged 85+ has increased and represents 2.4 per cent of the population compared to 2.2 per cent nationally and regionally.

* Children aged up to 14 represent 16.4 per cent of Derbyshire’s population – lower than the East Midlands (17.3 per cent) and England (17.7 per cent).

* There are 332,600 households in Derbyshire representing an increase of 7.7 per cent since 2001. This is in line with the increase for England but below that of the East Midlands (9.4 per cent).

* The district with the greatest percentage increase is South Derbyshire (15.9 per cent) in contrast to the lowest in the High Peak (1.7 per cent).

* Of the five East Midlands shire counties Derbyshire has the lowest population increase with Lincolnshire having the highest at 10.4 per cent.

Derbyshire County Council leader Counc Andrew Lewer said: “We receive information each year from the Office of National Statistics which helps us track trends in the country and predict changes which allow us to prepare for the future.

“But the Census data provides us with a more comprehensive overview which is an important tool in helping us plan future levels of service provision.

“We will be studying the more detailed Census figures as they come out to see what implications they have for our services over the next 10 years.”

The Office of National Statistics will publish further Census statistics later this year and in October 2013.

Around 25 million households were issued with the Census questionnaire designed to collect information about where people live, what they do for a living, what sort of homes and families they have, their general health, educational attainment and how these factors change every decade. Derbyshire achieved a 96 per cent response rate.