2021 census data shows population decline in Barrow
The first results from the 2021 census have arrived – and they show that Barrow has seen its population decline over the past decade.
The census takes place every 10 years, with all households in the UK having to take part.
The last England and Wales snapshot was captured on March 21, 2021.
Now the first results have been published – and there has been a drop in the number of people living in Barrow.
Historical populations of Barrow:
On Census Day, 67,400 people lived in the area, down 2% from 69,087 in 2011, when the last census was taken.
It also means that population density has fallen to 865 usual residents per square kilometer, down from 887 in 2011.
The census is crucial for UK statisticians to understand how our population changes and plays a vital role in the functioning of our public services and government.
This shows that the gender balance in the area has changed – Barrow’s population is now 49.6% male and 50.4% female, meaning there are now a slightly higher proportion of men in the region than 10 years ago.
In 2011, the residents of Barrow were 49.5% male and 50.5% female.
The census also shows that Barrow has an aging population, as the proportion of over-65s calling the area has increased over the past decade.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show there were 14,700 people aged 65 and over living in Barrow on census day last year, up from 12,955 in 2011 when the last census was taken .
This means that the proportion of over 65s living in the region has increased over the past decade, from 18.8% to 21.8%.
There were 22,500 people aged 29 and under living in Barrow on March 21 last year, which made up 33.4% of the population – down from 23,785 (34.4%) in 2011.
Of these, 7,200 under 10s call Barrow home.
There were 24.8 million households in England and Wales on Census Day 2021, up from 23.4 million in 2011, with an average of 2.4 people in each household – the same as in 2011.