Census shows population jump

The population of England and Wales grew by 7.1 percent between 2001 and 2011, census data showed. The proportion of foreign-born residents in the country increased to 13 percent.

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Census highlights the changing face of England and Wales

In 2011 the population was up 3.7 million compared with ten years before

The changing face of England and Wales was highlighted today in the latest census results.

In 2011 the total population was up 3.7 million to just over 56 million compared with ten years before.

The number of people who describe themselves as white British dropped

Eighty percent described themselves as white British, a drop of seven percent.

There were more residents born abroad than ever before, most were from India, Pakistan and Poland whose migrants increased nine-fold in just a decade.

More residents were born abroad than ever before

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ONS: 2011 Census 'paints a picture of society'

These statistics paint a picture of society and help us all plan for the future using accurate information at a local level.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of census statistics. Further rich layers of vital information will be revealed as we publish more detailed data for very local levels over the coming months.

– Guy Goodwin, the ONS's director of census,

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Census: Fewer Christians in 2011 than 2001

The number of people who stated their religion was Christianity in 2011 was fewer than in 2001, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Christians decreased to 59 per cent (33.2 million) in 2011 from 72 per cent (37.3 million) in 2001.

The amount of people who said they had no religious affiliation increased from 15 per cent (7.7 million) in 2001 to 25 per cent (14.1 million) in 2011.

  1. Richard Pallot: ITV News correspondent

More people renting in 2011 than 2001

On rented accommodation, 15 per cent are in privately rented places as opposed to 9 per cent in 2001.

While, 33 per cent have a mortgage now as opposed to 39 per cent ten years ago.

In 2011, 33 per cent owned with a mortgage and 31 per cent owned outright = 64 per cent own property now.

In 2001, 39 per cent owned with mortgage and 30 per cent outright = 69 per cent.

A drop of 5 per cent overall.

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