Suffolk/Essex: Population growth above national average according to Census figures

THE population of Suffolk has grown by nearly 9 percent in ten years - higher than the national average.

The results of the Census published today shows the extent of the growth in England and Wales.

Between the last two Census surveys, the population of England and Wales surged by seven percent - the biggest growth seen in any period since records began.

In Suffolk the growth is 8.7 percent bringing the overall population to 728,200.

In north Essex the growth is 7.2 percent.

Every district in Suffolk and north Essex has seen an surge in resident numbers, except Tendring which witnessed a fall of 0.6 percent.

Nationally there were 56.1 million people living in England and Wales when the 2011 Census was carried out. This means the population had increased by 3.7 million since 2001, when 52.4 million people were counted.

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The survey reveals an ageing population, with one in six people in England and Wales aged 65 or over last year.

Some 430,000 were aged 90 or over, compared with only 13,000 when the Census was carried out 100 years earlier, in 1911.

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