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What the new Census shows about South Holland's population growth



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The first batch of data released from the 2021 Census has shown that there are now more than 95,000 people living in South Holland.

The Office for National Statistics has revealed what happened between 2011 and 2021 - and how our district compares to other areas.

The ONS' analysis shows that:

The first batch of data shows how South Holland's population has grown (57643523)
The first batch of data shows how South Holland's population has grown (57643523)
  • In South Holland, the population size increased by 7.7%, from about 88,300 in 2011 to 95,100 in 2021.
  • This is higher than the overall increase for England (6.6%), where the population grew by nearly 3.5 million to 56,489,800.
  • The population growth was much higher than neighbouring King's Lynn and West Norfolk (4.6%) but much lower than Peterborough (17.5%)
Data shows how we compare to our neighbours (57643526)
Data shows how we compare to our neighbours (57643526)
  • South Holland's growth equalled the regional average for the East Midlands
  • The largest population growth in the country was in London's Tower Hamlets (a 22.1% increase)
  • South Holland is now 256th of 309 local authority areas for population - four places higher than it was ten years ago
  • South Holland is the sixth least densely populated of the East Midlands' 35 local authority areas, with an area equivalent to around one football pitch per resident (the England average is three people per pitch)
  • Age groups have shown a variation. There has been an increase of 14.4% in people aged 65 years and over, an increase of 4.5% in people aged 15 to 64 years, and an increase of 9.0% in children aged under 15 years. There are actually fewer people aged 40-44 (14% down) and 45-49 (8% down) than in 2011.


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