The population of the United Kingdom is growing. At the time of the 2001 Census it was 58.8 million, increasing to 63.7 million in 2012 (mid year estimate) – an increase of 8.3%.
According to the 2011 Census, York’s population was 198,051 persons, made up of 83,552 households. More recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has estimated York’s mid year population in 2012 to be 200,018 – an increase of 1% (1,967 people) since the 2011 Census. This compares to increases of 0.6% in the Yorkshire and Humber region (made up of 24 local authorities) and 0.8% in England and Wales (made up of 348 authorities) over the same period.
York’s population has increased by 10.4% since the 2001 Census and compares to increases of 6.8% regionally and 8.3% nationally over the same time period.
York has a higher percentage of females (51.4%) than regionally or nationally (50.8% for both).
The city has become more culturally and religiously diverse with a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) population of 9.8% (non White British) compared to 4.9% in 2001.
Some population groups within certain age bands have increased by more than the England and Wales average notably 0-4 year olds, 20-24 year olds and those over 85.
York’s population is on the whole healthy (83.9% stated that they are in very good or good health compared to 80% regionally and 81.2% nationally).