UK population explodes by almost 4 million in a decade

Stat of the day: 3.7m. That's how many extra people now live in England and Wales since the last census.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

Today, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released preliminary results from last year’s census, showing that the population of England and Wales grew by 7.1%, since 2001, twice the rate of the previous census period. 

The results mean England is now the third most densely populated country in the European Union, with London 16 times denser than anywhere else in the UK, and the country as whole coming second only to the Netherlands and Malta. 

The UK has also had a significant baby boom as it did in after the war, with the first baby-boomer generation now on the verge of retirement. This is expected to add around two million people to the retired in the space of three years, meaning a total of around 11 million over-65s by 2015.

All we know is, if London gets any more densely populated we’ll be living like battery hens cooped inside, because it’s so wet outside.

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