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Population infographic: Total Population - 318,900 Population infographic: Working age population (16-64) - 222,500 Population infographic: Children aged 0-4 - 21,100, aged 5-10 - 22,500, aged 11-15 - 15,600

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Headline statistics:

  • Total Population - 318,900
  • Working age population (16-64) - 222,500
  • Males - 161,100
  • Females - 157,800
  • University Students - 37,000
  • Older people (65+) - 37,200
  • Children aged 0-4 - 21,100
  • Children aged 5-10 - 22,500
  • Children aged 11-15 - 15,600

Source: ONS Mid-Year Population Estimates 2015

Brief analysis

The Office for National Statistics published their 2015 Mid-Year Estimates of Population (MYE) on Thursday 23rd June 2016. These give the City's population as 318,900 as at 30th June 2015.

This figure is an increase of 4,600 (1.5%) on the 2014 MYE. This is slightly higher than the percentage increase for England (0.9%), and an average increase when compared to the other Core Cities.

The Components of Change released with the MYEs suggest that 'natural change' (the excess of births over deaths) accounts for nearly 1,800 of the increase between 2014 and 2015. Net migration accounts for a further 2,900, although there is a difference in net internal (within the UK) and international migration: the City lost 900 people due to internal migration, and gained 3,800 from international migration.

The City also continues to see a large amount of population 'churn', with 26,000 people arriving from elsewhere within the UK and 26,900 leaving.

Key stats

  • The latest estimate of the City’s resident population is 318,900 (Mid-Year Estimates 2015), having risen by 4,600 since 2014.
  • Population projections suggest that this may rise to around 332,700 by 2024.
  • International migration (recently from Eastern Europe) and an increase in student numbers are the main reasons for the population growth since 2001, together with the excess of births over deaths.
  • 29% of the population are aged 18 to 29 – full-time university students comprise about 1 in 8 of the population.
  • In the short to medium term, the City is unlikely to follow the national trend of seeing large increases in the number of people over retirement age, although the number aged 85+ is projected to increase.
  • The number of births has risen in recent years until 2011 but the numbers have slowly declined since then.
  • The 2011 Census shows 35% of the population as being from BME groups; an increase from 19% in 2001.
  • Despite its young age-structure, Nottingham has a higher than average rate of people with a limiting long-term illness or disability.
  • White ethnic groups have higher rates of long term health problems or disability overall, although this varies with age, with some BME groups having higher rates in the older age-groups.
  • The City gains young adults due to migration, both international and within Britain, whilst losing all other age groups - this includes a net loss of families with children mostly through moves to the surrounding districts.
  • There is a high turnover of population - 21% of people changed address in the year before the 2011 Census.

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Social and Environmental Study

  • Nottingham is ranked 8th most deprived district in England in the 2015 Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), a relative fall from 20th in the 2010 IMD.
  • Around a third of super output areas in the City are in the worst 10% nationally (IMD 2015).
  • 34.2% of children and 25.8% of people aged 60 and over are affected by income deprivation.
  • Health and Disability is the Indices of Deprivation domain on which Nottingham does worst, followed by Education, Skills & Training and Crime.
  • The dominant Mosaic groups in Nottingham are Groups J, L, M, O and N. See the ‘customer insight’ section.
  • A higher proportion of people aged 16-64 in Nottingham claim some form of benefit than regionally and nationally. See the latest Quarterly Benefits Bulletin.
  • The unemployment rate is lower than the recent peak in March 2012, but remains higher than the regional and national average. See the latest Monthly Unemployment Note.
  • Residents who live in the City have a lower average income than people who work in the City. See the latest Summary of the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.
  • Despite large numbers of students, Nottingham has a higher proportion of people of working age with no qualifications, compared with the national average. See the latest Quarterly Indicators summary.
  • There are high levels of child poverty in the City with around a third of children and young people living in workless households. See the latest Child Poverty note.
  • Rates of car ownership are low, particularly amongst pensioners living alone and lone parents. See the 2011 Census data page.

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