Census 2021: First results show Salford’s population has grown significantly over past decade

The first results of the 2021 census are in – and they show Salford has seen its population swell over the last decade.

A woman logs on to the Census 2021 website ahead of all households being asked to complete the census ahead of Census Day on Sunday. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.
A woman logs on to the Census 2021 website ahead of all households being asked to complete the census ahead of Census Day on Sunday. Picture date: Saturday March 20, 2021.

The first results of the 2021 census are in – and they show Salford has seen its population swell over the last decade.

The census takes place every 10 years, with every household in the UK required to take part.

The latest snapshot of England and Wales was captured on March 21 2021.

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    Now the first results have been released – and there’s been a large rise in the number of people living in Salford.

    On census day, 269,900 people were living in the area – up 15% from 233,933 in 2011, when the last census was carried out.

    This also means the population density has grown to 2,777 usual residents per square kilometre, up from 2,407 in 2011.

    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.

    It shows the balance of men and women in the area has changed – Salford’s population is now 50.2% male and 49.8% female, meaning there is now a higher proportion of men in the area than 10 years ago.

    In 2011, people living in Salford were 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

    It also shows the area is getting younger – a decade ago the population was made up of 12.5% under-10s and 14.2% over-65s, but this had changed to 12.6% and 13.3% respectively by 2021.

    Across England and Wales, the total population grew 6.3% over the past decade, from 56,075,912 in 2011 to 59,597,300 last year.

    This included a 5.2% increase in the North West, where the population rose to 7,417,300 from 7,052,177 in 2011.

    There were 24.7 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.

    Historic populations of Salford:

    1981: 241,5221991: 220,4632001: 216,1092011: 233,9332021: 269,900

    Historic populations of the North West:

    1981: 6,834,6471991: 6,726,8602001: 6,729,7642011: 7,052,1772021: 7,417,300