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Key Statistics from the 2011 census

2011 Census

Statistics published from the 2011 Census show the changing nature of the population in England and Wales. This expands on the figures published in July 2012 which put the total population on census day at 56.1 million, an increase of 7% since 2001. The data release covers; ethnicity, religion, country of birth, health, accommodation, tenure and availability of cars and vans. Headline facts are shown below.


  • There were 5.3 million residents in Yorkshire and Humber.
  • The York population is 198,051 with 83,552 households. York's population grew more than Yorkshire and Humber and England. (9.4% compared to 6.2% and 7.2%).
  • York's 20-24 year olds vary significantly from both the regional and national proportions at 10% compared to 7.2% and 6.8% respectively.
  • The decrease in York's 5-14 age range is similar to the regional and national drop.
  • There has been a large increase in the 0-4 population, especially children 2 and under.
  • The 85 and over age range has grown more than regionally and nationally at 38% compared to 20% and 23%.


  • Most residents of England and Wales belong to the "White" ethnic group, 86%, which is a 5% point decrease since 2001.
  • In Yorkshire and Humber 89% of the population identified itself as "White".
  • In York the "White" British population is 90.2%. 
  • The highest non white group is Chinese which counts for 1.2% of the population.


  • Nationally the number of residents who recorded their religion as Christian was 59% compared to a figure of 72% in 2001.
  • A higher proportion of people in York stated they had no religion than the national figure.
  • In York the figure for Christian was 59.5% compared to a figure of 74% in 2001.
  • York has a lower proportion of Muslims than regionally and nationally with only 1 % compared to 6.2% and 4.8% respectively.


  • 90.8% of York's population were born within the UK, with 2.7% born in other EU countries and 5.5% born outside the EU.
  • 3,678 arrived in York between 2010 and 2011 which is the highest proportion in the region.


  • York's population are well qualified with 16.6% qualified up to level 3 which is the highest regionally and 13th nationally.
  • Those with qualifications at level 4 and above is 32.4 % in York.

Health and unpaid care

  • The proportion of population who stated they have very good health was nearly 50% for York.
  • Only 4.1% stated they had bad or very bad health, lower than regional or national figures.
  • Lower than regional and national figures 6.6% of people reported a lot of limitation in day to day activities
  • There are 18,224 carers in York which is lower than the region or national figures.

Marital Status and household composition

  • York has a lower proportion of married people than regionally or nationally at 44%.
  • York is ranked highest in the region for same-sex civil partnerships at 0.3%.
  • York also has a lower proportion of divorced, separated and widowed people than regionally or nationally.
  • York has 91,792 cohabiting couples with 42,917 single adults.
  • There are a high proportion of couples with no children at 6.9%, the highest in the region and 17th nationally.
  • York also has a low level of lone parent families with dependant children at 5.9%, compared to 7.1% regionally. Nearly 71% of these families are in part or full time employment which is high compared to the region at 60.3% and nationally at 59.4%.

Accessing the data

More analysis will be undertaken on the Census data and released in due course. Government uses the census statistics to allocate funding for services such as education, transport and health. It is also used to identify needs of different communities.

The next data release is 30 January 2013 which will cover ward and parliamentary constituency geographies.
Further details can be found on the Office of National Statistics website.

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