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8th Aug, 2022

Wychavon sees second biggest population growth in the West Midlands

Ryan Smith 1st Jul, 2022

WYCHAVON has seen the second-largest population size increase in the West Midlands over the past ten years, according to the 2021 census.

The population has increased by 13.3 per cent from around 116,900 in 2011 to 132,500 last year, while the overall population in England grew by 6.6 per cent.

This has seen Wychavon rise from the 185th to the 175th most populated area in England.

Despite this, Wychavon is the sixth least densely populated of the West Midlands’ 30 local authority areas, with around one person living on each football pitch-sized area of land.

Just 200 people were living in each square kilometre of land in 2021, a slight rise from the 176 people in the same area in 2011.

This was below the 434 residents per square kilometre in England last year.

The past decade has seen an increase in the number of households, with the amount of properties rising from 49,466 in 2011 to 57,400 in 2021.

There has been a 51 per cent increase in the amount of 70 to 74-year-olds since 2011 compared to a 37 per cent rise in England.

There has also been a 46 per cent increase in the number of 75 to 79-year-olds, whereas the national average in this age group is 22 per cent.

Wychavon has seen a significant rise in the number of young adults, with a 29 per cent increase in those aged between 25 and 29, while there are 39 per cent more 30 to 34 year-olds than ten years ago.

The biggest decrease in population has come in people aged 40 to 44, which saw a decrease of 17 per cent.

There was also a ten per cent drop in the number of people aged between 45 and 49.

Overall, there has been a 31.5 per cent increase in people aged 65 and over and a 7.9 per cent rise in those aged between 15 to 64 years.

There was also a 9.5 per cent rise in the number of children aged 14 or below.

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