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England and Wales population up to 56.1 million

The population of England and Wales increased by 7% between the last two census surveys, the largest growth in numbers seen in any period since records began, the Office for National Statistics said today.

There were 56.1 million people living in England and Wales on the day of Census 2011, an increase of 3.7 million since 2001, when there were 52.4 million people.

Figures also showed that one in six people in England and Wales in 2011 was aged 65 and over.