Fewer people living in South Tyneside

The number of people living in South Tyneside has fallen slightly over the last decade, according to the first results of the 2021 census.
Census shows population fall.Census shows population fall.
Census shows population fall.

The latest snapshot of England and Wales shows that – on March 21 2021 – 147,800 people were living in the area – down slightly from 148,127 in 2011, when the last census was carried out.

This also means the population density has fallen to 2,294 people per square kilometre, – down from 2,299 in 2011.

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It also shows the balance of men and women in the area has changed.

South Tyneside’s population is now 48.5% male and 51.5% female - a higher proportion of men in the area than 10 years ago.

In 2011, the proportion was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

It also shows the area has seen a rise in the proportion of both young children and the elderly.

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A decade ago the population was made up of 10.6% under-10s and 18.1% over-65s, but this had changed to 11% and 20.9% respectively by 2021.

The census takes place every 10 years.

Nationally, the 2021 census shows the total population in England and Wales grew by 6.3% over the past decade – from 56,075,912 in 2011 to 59,597,300 last year.

This included a 1.9% increase in the North East to 2,647,100 – up from 2,596,886 in 2011.

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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 home – the same as in 2011.