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Release: Population Estimates for England and Wales, Mid-2011 (2011 Census-based)

Released: 25 September 2012 Next edition: 08 August 2013


Pete Large

Population Estimates Unit

Telephone: +44 (0) 1329 444661

Categories: Population, Population Change, Population Estimates, Population Estimates by Age and Sex

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

  • The population of England and Wales was estimated to be 56,170,900 in mid-2011, with the population of England estimated to be 53,107,200 and the population of Wales estimated to be 3,063,800.

  • The population of England and Wales increased by 95,000 (0.2 per cent) between 2011 Census day (27 March) and the mid-year point (30 June).

  • In England and Wales there were 187,600 births and 121,000 deaths in the three months between 2011 Census day and the mid-year point.

  • The estimated flow of international migrants into England and Wales between 2011 Census day and the mid-year point was 98,200 and the estimated flow out of England and Wales was 68,500.

  • Compared to the 26 member states of the European Union (excluding the UK), the population of England and Wales ranks fourth, behind Germany, France and Italy.

Estimates of the usually resident population as at 30 June of the reference year. The Population Estimates reflect the administrative boundaries that were in place on 30 June of the reference year.

The Primary Care Organistion (PCO) estimates included within this release have been superseded by the Primary Care Organisation Population Estimates, Mid-2011 Final (Census Based) that were released on the 11th April 2013.

Supporting Material

Population Estimates for England and Wales: Methodology Guide

Population Estimates for England and Wales: Frequently Asked Questions

Quality and Methodology Information


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