UK Census 2021 results Manchester: how has population of city changed according to ONS data for England?
The results have shown a steady increase of the Manchester population over the last few decades
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The results of the 2021 England and Wales census have been released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which has revealed the latest population figures for towns and cities across the country.
Within the results are pieces of information relating to Manchester and the wider Greater Manchester area.
Here is all you need to know about the 2021 Census, including what a census is, and how much the population of Manchester has changed in the last decade
How many households took part in the 2021 census?
There were 24.8 million households in England and Wales on census day 2021, up from 23.4 million in 2011, with an average of 2.4 people in each household – the same as in 2011.
What is the Census?
The census happens every 10 years and helps to paint a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
Members of each household answer questions that help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.
Census Day was on Sunday 21 March 2021, and these results have been formed from the information provided then.
The census has taken place every 10 years since 1801.
A spokesperson for ONS said: “The census happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
“Your answers to census questions help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in your area, including transport, education and healthcare.”
How has the population of Manchester changed?
The census has revealed that the population of Manchester has increased from 2011 to 2021.
From the 2021 Census, we know that the population of Manchester is now 552,000, a rise of almost 50,000 from the 2011 Census.
Listed below is the historic population of Manchester over the last 40 years, dating back to 1981.
Did the 2021 census result match the ONS estimates?
Statisticians from the ONS make estimations on the population of each area of England and Wales before the results of the census are released.
ONS statisticians estimated there were 555,741 people of all ages living in Manchester as of mid-2020 – slightly above the 2021 census figure of 552,000.
What is the population of the North West region?
The 2021 Census has also provided figures on the population of the North West of England region and how this has gradually increased since the 1981 Census.
The 2021 Census revealed that 7,417,300 people lived in the North West, which is a rise of over 350,000 on 2011.
Here is a list of historic populations of the North West:
- 1981: 6,834,647
- 1991: 6,726,860
- 2001: 6,729,764
- 2011: 7,052,177
- 2021: 7,417,300
What are some of the key takes from the 2021 Census?
The census is crucial for the UK’s statisticians to understand how our population is changing, and plays a vital role in how our public services and government operate.
The census shows the balance of men and women in the area has changed – Manchester’s population is now 49.7 per cent male and 50.3 per cent female, meaning there is now a higher proportion of women in the area than 10 years ago.
In 2011, people living in Manchester were 50.2 per cent male and 49.8 per cent female.