The 2011 population of Wales and England was over 56.1 million, which represented an increase of 3.7 million people during the decade or 7.5% since 2001
December 12, 2012 – From 2001 to 2011, the population in Wales and England ballooned after nearly 2.9 million people who had been born abroad, came to live in the two countries, according to recently released census data. The March 2011 figures from the census paint a picture of how the population is changing, with less people of faith and more people who are foreign born.
The 2011 population of Wales and England was over 56.1 million, which represented an increase of 3.7 million people during the decade or 7.5% since 2001. Residents who were foreign born increased 63% to 7.5 million people from 4.6 million in 2001. Foreign born residents now represent 13% of the entire population, up from the 2001 amount of 9%.
Britons still amount to 80% of the overall population, with a total of 45.1 million, down from the 2001 count of 87%.
The largest number of residents from abroad living in Wales and England are from India. There are now over 694,000 people born in India living in the two countries an increase of 52% since 2001. Poles made up a 10-fold jump from just 58,000 ten years ago to over 579,000 today and represent 1% of the overall population.
Residents who were born in Pakistan increased to 482,000, which represented an increase of 56% from 2001. The rest of the top ten countries represented in Wales and England were from Ireland, Bangladesh, Germany, South Africa, the United States, Nigeria and Jamaica.
Since 2004, over 40% of all individuals born outside of Wales and England arrived in the countries.
The office of National Statistics for England said the statistics painted a picture of what the society will be in the future and what needs to be done to plan for the region’s future.
Those who identified themselves as being Christian dropped to 59% from 72%, while the number of atheists increased to 25% from 15%. The religion that was the fastest growing was Islam, which now has 2.7 million adherents.