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New population estimates

Wednesday 29 November 2023 3.31pm

New population estimates show that Herefordshire's resident population was 188,700 in mid-2022

96,200 (51%) women and 92,600 (49%) men

30,100 aged under 16 (16%); 108,700 aged 16 to 64 (58%) and 49,800 aged 65 and over (26%)

A back-series of revised mid-year estimates, dating back to mid-2012, have also been published showing a different profile of change to what was previously understood.  These follow the results of the 2021 Census, which found that the county’s population had been overestimated by several thousand throughout the last decade.

Key points about the revised time series:

  • Revised estimates show the population fell by 800 people between mid-2016 and mid-2020, most likely a result of declining net migration from the EU following the EU referendum vote in 2016
  • Increases of 1,600 people in 2020-21 and 1,200 people in 2021-22 - the largest annual growths seen since the years immediately following the eastward expansion of the European Union (EU) in 2004, but driven by net migration from other parts of the UK
  • The county still has an older population than nationally, with higher proportions of people aged 65 and over & older working age adults and lower proportions of younger working age adults & children

Visit Understanding Herefordshire’s Population webpage for more detail.

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