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North Population Rising More Slow Ly, Figures Show

September 27, 2008

By Chris Fay

THE population of the North is growing more slowly than other areas of the country, statistics have revealed.

From 1997 to last year, the population increased by one per cent across the region, but eight local authorities have experienced a decline, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Nationally, the population has increased by five per cent in ten years with the numbers estimated to have reached 60,975,000 this year.

The City of London has seen its population increase by 40 per cent, with four other of the capital?s boroughs increasing by about 25 per cent.

Bycontrast, only one authority in the North-East and North Yorkshire has experienced double digit growth ? Richmondshire, in North Yorkshire, which increased by almost 17 per cent.

The biggest factor contributing to population growth during the decade was peoplemoving to the UK from abroad, with this accounting for 61 per cent of the rise.

Martin Ellis, group economist at Halifax Financial Services, said: ?Population changes are important to the development of the UK economy, determining the size of the working population and providing the backbone to the consumer economy.

?Increases in the number of births, decreases in the number of deaths and changes in the pattern of international migration into and out of the UK have all contributed to population growth in the past decade. ? Outside of London, only three areas experienced population growth of more than 20 per cent during the ten year period ? North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, East Northamptonshire and Banbridge, in Northern Ireland.

Just under one in five local authorities experienced population growth of at least ten per cent during the past decade, and more than half of these were in southern England.

Forest Heath, in Suffolk, Southend-on-Sea and Poole, in Dorset, were the only areas in southern England to see their populations decrease.

Belfast experienced the largest population drop during the period, falling by seven per cent, while Dundee City, Inverclyde and the Western Isles all saw falls of six per cent and Liverpool saw a fall of five per cent.

CHANGESINPOPULATION IN THE REGION 1997?2007 Area 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 THE REGION 2.266m 2.262m 2.254m 2.251m 2.251m 2.252m 2.256m 2.264m 2.278m 2.281m 2.291m DARLINGTON 99,200 99,300 98,200 98,100 97,900 98,100 98,200 98,600 99,200 99,300 100,000 HARTLEPOOL 89,900 89,800 89,700 89,800 90,200 90,100 90,200 90,100 90,000 91,100 91,400 MIDDLESBROUGH 144,500 144,000 143,000 142,300 141,200 140,200 139,000 137,900 137,600 138,400 138,700 REDCAR &CLEVELAND 140,700 140,400 139,500 139,200 139,200 138,900 139,100 139,100 138,600 139,500 139,400 STOCKTON 178,000 179,400 180,800 182,500 183,800 185,400 186,300 186,200 186,700 189,100 190,200 CHESTER-LE-ST 54,500 54,400 54,400 54,200 53,700 53,600 53,300 53,200 53,200 53,200 53,200 DERWENTSIDE 85,800 86,400 85,400 85,100 85,200 85,300 85,600 86,000 86,300 86,500 87,200 DURHAM 87,800 87,000 87,700 88,000 87,800 88,400 89,200 90,700 92,200 92,200 94,300 EASINGTON 95,400 95,100 94,700 94,200 94,000 93,300 92,800 92,900 93,300 94,000 94,700 SEDGEFIELD 88,300 87,700 87,700 87,500 87,200 87,000 87,300 87,800 87,800 87,700 87,600 TEESDALE 24,000 24,000 24,300 24,600 24,500 24,500 24,700 24,800 24,900 24,800 24,800 WEAR VALLEY 62,600 62,400 61,900 61,500 61,400 61,100 61,300 61,600 62,100 62,300 63,100 GATESHEAD 195,900 194,300 193,300 191,900 191,200 190,900 191,000 191,300 191,500 190,500 190,500 NEWCASTLE 278,200 274,500 271,000 267,600 266,200 266,000 266,600 269,500 276,400 270,500 271,600 SUNDERLAND 290,800 289,700 287,500 285,700 284,600 283,400 283,100 282,700 283,700 280,600 280,300 YORK 175,000 176,300 177,000 179,100 181,300 182,000 183,100 184,900 186,800 191,800 193,300 HAMBLETON 82,800 83,200 83,400 84,000 84,200 84,800 84,900 85,100 85,000 86,300 86,900 RICHMONDSHIRE 44,100 45,300 45,200 46,300 47,100 48,900 49,900 50,700 50,700 51,000 51,400 RYEDALE 49,300 49,700 50,100 50,300 50,900 50,900 51,200 51,700 52,000 52,900 53,300 GREAT BRITAIN 56.643m 56.797m 57.005m 57.203m 57.424m 57.625m 57.851m 58.124m 58.485m 58.845m 59.216m Change up up up down down up down up up down down up up down down down up up up up up

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