The first results of the 2021 census are in – and they show South Gloucestershire 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.

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

On census day, 290,400 people were living in the area – up 11% from 262,767 in 2011, when the last census was carried out.

This also means the population density has grown to 584 usual residents per square kilometre, up from 529 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 – South Gloucestershire’s population is now 49.5% male and 50.5% female, meaning there is now a slightly higher proportion of women in the area than 10 years ago.

In 2011, people living in South Gloucestershire were 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

It also shows the area is aging – a decade ago the population was made up of 11.6% under-10s and 16.9% over-65s, but this had changed to 11.4% and 18.6% 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 7.8% increase in the South West, where the population rose to 5,701,200 from 5,288,935 in 2011.

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.

Historic populations of South Gloucestershire:

1981: 201,664

1991: 220,364

2001: 245,639

2011: 262,767

2021: 290,400

Historic pop:ulations of the South West

1981: 4,251,941

1991: 4,609,424

2001: 4,928,434

2011: 5,288,935

2021: 5,701,200

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