The mid-2001 United Kingdom population is estimated at 58,836,700 - a rise of 4.4 per cent since mid-1981. This represents an increase of 47,500, or 0.08 per cent, in the two months following the 2001 Census.
The mid-2001 estimates are the first mid-year estimates based on the results of the 2001 Census, which put the UK population at 58,789,194. They take into account population change due to births, deaths and net migration in the period between Census day (29 April 2001) and the mid-year (30 June 2001).
The mid-2001 population of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom is estimated as follows:
- England 49,181,300 (83.6 per cent of the total UK population) - Scotland 5,064,200 (8.6 per cent) - Wales 2,903,200 (4.9 per cent) - Northern Ireland 1,689,300 (2.9 per cent)
For the United Kingdom:
- Almost 12 million people are aged 0-15 (20 per cent of the total population).
- Over 12 million people are aged 60 and over (21 per cent of the total population).
- Over 1 million people are in the very elderly age group of 85 and over (2 per cent of the total population).
The mid-2001 population estimates are very similar to the Census results that were published on 30 September. This is because population change has only been estimated for the short period between Census day and the mid-year.
Sources: Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Projections are 2001 based.