The Office for National Statistics recently released the latest population estimates for all Local Authorities in the UK. According to the Mid-2013 population estimates, Warwickshire’s population now stands at an estimated 548,729 people. This represents an increase of 0.14% or 755 people when compared to figures for Mid-2012. This rate of growth is slightly below that experienced nationally (0.63%). However, as the table below indicates, there has been some variation around the county in terms of population change with some areas gaining population while others have experienced a fall in numbers.
- Rugby experienced the highest rate of population growth in the last year, roughly in line with the national average. The Borough gained 622 people between 2012 and 2013. This means that population growth in Rugby accounted for just over 80% of Warwickshire’s population growth as a whole.
- Nuneaton and Bedworth and Stratford-on-Avon also gained population (around 200 people each) but at rates below the national average.
- Both North Warwickshire and Warwick District experienced falls in their population.
Population change happens because of a combination of births, deaths and migration (both internal and international) flows. Overall in Warwickshire, natural change (births minus deaths) has been the driving factor in population growth between 2012 and 2013; the county experienced net outflows in its population due to migration. However, there is again variation around the county.
- Although in North Warwickshire births exceeded deaths in the last year, the population fell because of net out- migration from of the borough.
- Nuneaton and Bedworth’s growth in population can largely be explained by natural change; births exceeding deaths. It experienced net out-migration between 2012-2013.
- Rugby, which experienced the highest levels of population growth, did so because of a combination of births exceeding deaths and net in-migration both internal and international.
- Stratford-on-Avon was the only district to see deaths exceed births, largely due to its older population structure. Population growth here is therefore accounted for by net in-migration.
- Births exceeded deaths in Warwick District but the population still fell because of net out-migration of residents in the district.