Census 2021: Ealing population grows 8% but babies and late twenties cohorts down 18% in a decade

By Isabel Millett

28th Jun 2022 | Local News

Office for National Statistics data released today reveal changes in the local population of Ealing over the past decade (Image: Male McDonald)
Office for National Statistics data released today reveal changes in the local population of Ealing over the past decade (Image: Male McDonald)

Ealing 2021 Census Data

The population of Ealing has grown by 7.8 per cent in the last decade, the first set of results from the 2021 Census of England and Wales published today has revealed.

Ealing now has 367,100 residents and has grown at a faster rate than London as a whole, which on a 7.1 per cent increase from 2011 has a record population standing just shy of 8.8 million people.

In London, the only boroughs more populous than Ealing are Croydon and Barnet.

The data, which is collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also reveals the number of people aged 90 and above has continued to grow in Ealing while the number of babies and young children has fallen.

There are now nearly 2,000 septuagenarians and centenarians living in Ealing, a 14 per cent rise on 2011.

At the other end of the age range and in stark contrast to 2011 census data when the 0-4 age bracket in Ealing was up 24 per cent on 2001, there has been an 18.3 per cent decline of this cohort in the last decade.

This decline in baby population tallies with the fact there are nearly 10,000 fewer people in traditional child-rearing age brackets of 20-34 now living in Ealing.

The majority of this loss is in the late twenties cohort, an age bracket which has fallen a whopping 17.6 per cent.

There are also 1,952 fewer 20-24 year olds and 2,777 fewer 30-34 year olds than ten years ago, both 9 per cent declines.

Ealing has more households than ever before: 133,700 in total, a 7.2 per cent increase on 2011, but the population density has also increased, with an additional 479 people per square kilometre (6,609 people compared with 6,130 people per square kilometre ten years ago).

These rounded estimates for local authorities published by the ONS today will be followed by more detailed data that, once released in the autumn, will include information on faith, ethnicity, sexuality and employment status.

National Results

Nationally, the population has risen by 3.5 million, an increase of 6.3 per cent that totals a record-breaking 59.6 million people.

This does, however, chart a slower rate of growth compared to census data between 2001-2011 when the population grew a record 7.1 per cent.

Data published today also reveals that at 18.6 per cent of the population, the cohort aged 65+ now accounts for the highest proportion of people in England and Wales.

ONS figures also show that 51.0 per cent of the population of England and Wales is female which is a slight rise from 50.8 in 2011.

A record 89 per cent of responses to the census were completed online - with 20 million households surveyed in total.

Added to census figures for Northern Ireland and a 2020 estimate of the Scottish population, there are now 66,966,400 people in the UK.


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