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Wakefield: Population

There are 333,759 people living in Wakefield District (2015).

7.2% of the population are from an ethnic minority group (2011 Census).

The population is projected to grow to 357,200 people by 2023.


  • The district's population is growing, people are living longer and communities are becoming more diverse. The information provided below includes details of the size and age of the population; ethnicity; population projections; family types; and, migration.

  • Wakefield State of the District: Population
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  • Statistical Bulletin - Wakefield District Population 2015

  • The mid-2015 population estimates show that Wakefield's population increased by 0.7% last year, to 333,759 people. This is Wakefield’s largest single-year increase in at least 15 years, although it’s still lower than the increase across England as a whole (0.9%). (ONS, 23rd June 2016)

  • In the 12 months to September 2015, a total of 2,485 adult overseas nationals entering Wakefield registered for a National Insurance number, an increase of 517 people compared to the year to September 2014. Of the latest group registering for NI numbers, 77% were from the European Union A10 states. (DWP, 26th November 2015)
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    • Wakefield international migration (Census 2011)

      The Census 2011 provides a variety of information relevant to profiling international migration - such as people's ethnicity; their country of birth; arrival in the UK; and languages spoken. Looked at together, this information helps to portray the diversity within local areas and shows how migration has changed areas over time.

    • Wakefield State of the District: Population
      General information on the size and age of the population; ethnicity and language; population change; population projections; household structure; and area satisfaction.
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