Census: More women and older residents in Blackburn with Darwen

There are more women and older residents in the borough according to the latest census, the first results of which were released today

The population of Blackburn with Darwen has increased according to the last census, with an increase in the number of women and people over the age of 65, further signs of the aging population of the borough – and the nation.

On Census Day, 154,800 people lived in the area, an increase of 5% from 147,489 in the 2011 survey, when the last census was taken.

This shows that the gender balance in the area has changed – the population of Blackburn with Darwen is now 49.6% male and 50.4% female, meaning it there is now a higher proportion of women in the region than 10 years ago.

In 2011, the residents of Blackburn with Darwen were 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

It also shows that the region is aging – ten years ago the population was 14.8% under 10 and 12.9% over 65, but that figure had dropped to 13.8% and 14.5% respectively by 2021.

Elsewhere in east Lancashire, 94,700 people lived in Burnley, 47,800 women and 46,800 men, on Census Day, up 9% from 87,059 in 2011.

In Hyndburn, the census recorded a population of 82,200, down from 80,700 ten years ago. There were 41,800 women and 40,500 men.

Data shows there were 95,800 people living in Pendle at the time of the census, up from 89,500 in 2011. These were 48,400 women and 47,300 men.

In the Ribble Valley, the census recorded a population of 61,500 in 2021 compared to 57,100 in 2011. This was made up of 31,300 women and 30,200 men. –

In Rossendale the population has grown to 70,800 at the time of the census from 68,000 in 2011. The current population is made up of 36,100 females and 34,700 males.

The population of England and Wales grew by 3.5 million to 59.6 million over the past decade, according to 2021 census data.

The 6.3% increase signals a slowdown in population growth over the past 10 years, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The previous census in 2011 showed that the number of people living in England and Wales had increased by 7.8% over the previous decade.

Pete Benton, ONS deputy national statistician, said the figures “begin to paint a rich and detailed snapshot of the nation and the way we were living during the pandemic”.

He said: “Since Census Day, the world has continued to change.

“People keep moving, some will have left the country, others will have arrived.

“People will have changed jobs, some of us working in offices again, while others continue to work from home.

“We need to understand all of this and more.”

The new figures show that almost one in five people (18.6%) are aged 65 and over, up from 16.4% in 2011.

ONS figures also show that 51% of the population are women and 49% men, a change from 50.8% women and 49.2% men in 2011.

The 2021 census data for England and Wales will be released in stages over the next two years, the ONS said.

Upcoming releases will include figures on ethnicity, religion, labor market, education and housing as well as, for the first time, information on veterans of the British Armed Forces, sexual orientation and gender. gender identity.

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