Population drop predicted in parts of Cumbria

The population in areas like London is expected to see a big increase. Credit: PA

The population of certain areas in Cumbria is set to fall over the next eight years, as people leave for other parts of England.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest the majority of local authorities will see an increase in population size.

In Tower Hamlets in London, the population is expected to increase by 25.1 percent.

Just nine across the whole of England won't see an increase, and four of them are in Cumbria.

Population change between 2014 and 2024:

  • Barrow-in-Furness: -4.3 percent

  • Copeland: -2.4 percent

  • Allerdale: -0.2 percent

  • South Lakeland: 0.0 percent

Copeland - the figures in detail

Copeland is set to see a drop in population of one percent because of natural causes, such as birth and death rates.

It's expected to see a further drop of 1.8 percent because of the migration of people to other parts of the UK, like London.

An increase of 0.4 percent is expected due to international migration into Copeland.

Allerdale - the figures in detail

Allerdale is expected to see a drop of 0.2 percent, however unlike in Copeland, this will be down to natural causes rather than people leaving.

The population is expected to increase by 1.8 percent because of people coming to the area from other parts of the UK, and a further increase of 0.2 percent from people coming from abroad.

But there will be a drop of 2.1 percent because of natural causes.

South Lakeland - the figures in detail

South Lakeland is also expected to see a big drop in population because of natural causes, but is expected to break even because of migration into the area.

Natural changes will result in a 4.3 percent drop.

But the ONS says there will be a 3.8 percent increase because of migration to South Lakeland from other parts of the UK, and a 0.5 percent increase due to migration from abroad.

Other parts of Cumbria

Other districts in Cumbria are more typical of the rest of the UK.

Carlisle is expected to see an increase of 1.5 percent.

Eden has a projected rise of 0.2 percent.