Population & Census

Current and future population figures, and a range of data from the 2011 Census.

Population Estimates

Annual population estimates are produced by ONS by age and gender at a variety of different levels of geography. They present the population of an area at a specific point in time, providing an important overview of the population size and make up between each census.

Local Authority Population Estimates

The latest local authority population projections were published in 2016 and covered mid-2015.

A dashboard summarising the mid-2016 population estimates by age and gender for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is available at the link below:

Small Area Population Estimates

Population estimates for geographies below local authority level are available for mid-2016. The dashboards below summarise population data by age and gender for Leicestershire Wards and Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs).

More information on population estimates is available from the Office for National Statistics website at the link below.

Population Projections

In addition to population estimates, which are snapshots in time, ONS produces population projections, approximately every two years. Population projections provide an indication of the future size and age structure of the population based on mid-year population estimates and a set of assumptions of future fertility, mortality and migration. (Source: ONS)

The latest 2016-based population projections were published on 24th May 2018 and are based on revised 2016 mid-year population estimates. A dashboard summarising the 2016-based population projections for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is available at the link below.

More information on population projections is available from the Office for National Statistics website at the link below.

Small Area Population Projections

No official small area population projections are released by the Office for National Statistics. However, Leicestershire County Council commissioned Edge Analytics to produce ward level population projections in order to inform the 2015 Local Government Boundary review.

While this dataset should not be considered official statistics, it can provide a useful guide to possible future population change at a small area level within the county. As such they should be considered experimental and caution should be taken when using them to inform policy.

To access the data via an interactive dashboard, please follow the link below;

2011 Census

Every ten years the census gives us a complete picture of the nation and how we live. It allows us to compare different groups of people across the United Kingdom because the same questions are asked, and the information is recorded, in the same way throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The census provides information that government needs to develop policies, plan and run public services, and allocate funding. (Source: ONS)

The last census in England and Wales was conducted on 27th March 2011.

A variety of census dashboards have been produced by the Strategic Business Intelligence Team at Leicestershire County Council, covering a range of topics. These area available at the links below:

Population & Households

The links below provide a range of information on population from the 2011 Census, as well as data on households at a small area level.

Click on a link to access the data.

Key Statistics

The 2011 Census Key Statistics cover a range of different themes, providing information on areas such as ethnicity, employment, health and housing. The dashboards below summarise Key Statistics data at a local authority and small area level.

Click on a link to access the data.

Thematic Analysis

The links below explore Key statistics data from the 2011 Census in more detail, focusing on topics such as caring, transport and economy, down to a small area level.

Click on the links to access the data.

In addition, reports are available which summarise key findings from the first two Census releases:

Release 1 - sex and age (at 5 year bands) of the population, number of households, population estimates (residents and those living in communal establishments) and short term migrants by sex

Release 2 - At ward and output area, resident population of Leicestershire, by age and sex, the number of households with at least one usual resident, the number of household residents and residents of communal establishments, average household size and population density.

More Information

Census Data on Nomis

The ONS' Nomis website is also home to a wide range of 2011 Census data. The full data from this census are available in several hundred separate datasets (or tables), covering the whole range of population characteristics and subject areas.

The site contains a useful table finder, which can be accessed by clicking on the 'Table Finder' link.

Census Information on the ONS Website

More information on the 2011 Census can be found on the ONS website at the link below:

More information on population and the census can be found in the Reports section or on external websites via the Links page.

Local Area Reports on NOMIS

Information about your local area (including Parish, County, District and smaller areas).
Includes personal characteristics of people who usually live in an area, characteristics of the households we live in and work-related topics.