Census: More single people as young Nottingham grows to over 300,000
OVER 75,000 more people are living in Nottingham and Notts compared to a decade ago, according to census figures.
The total population of the city and county is now 1,091,482, according to the census carried out last year – up 7.4 per cent from 1,015,498 people in 2001.
Results of the latest census were released yesterday, and also revealed there are now 11,957 single-parent households in the city, compared to 11,483 in 2001.
The average age of the city's 305,680 people was 34.8 years old, with its median age – the age which divides the population into two numerically equal groups – being 30.
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This median age is ten years lower than the East Midlands average, and 12 years less than in Notts – where the average age is 41.1.
Mick Burrows, chief executive of Notts County Council, said: "The census provides invaluable information which councils use to help plan what will be required in future years for things such as housing, roads, schools and care for older people.
"The Government also takes census data into account when determining the level of funding for local council services and we hope the 75,000 increase in the city and county's population is taken into consideration when future spending allocations are announced."
The census is carried out every ten years and aims to collect a snapshot of life across the UK.
It asked households to fill out the form on March 27, 2011.
The 2011 census also revealed there are more single people living in the city than a decade ago. Of the 250,104 people who gave a marital status in 2011, 128,363 or 51.3 per cent said they were single. This compared with 94,885, or 44.3 per cent in 2001.
The number of married people has also grown from 66,299 to 79,116.
The figures also contained same-sex civil partnerships for the first time, with 600 people registering their status as this in the city.
A further 1,301 people said they were in a same-sex civil partnership in Notts, with 323,211 people (50.2 per cent) married and 192,587 (29.9 per cent) classed as single.
The census also looked at the types of employment taken up by workers in Nottingham and Notts.
The most popular was wholesale, retail, or motor repair trades, with nearly 88,000 people in the city and county employed in this area.
Meanwhile, less than 2,000 people were still employed in the mining industry in Notts.
Mr Burrows said: "The types of jobs that people are employed in show the changing nature of the Notts economy and we have seen a big shift in employment types.
"However we should be really encouraged that manufacturing figures so strongly, particularly in advanced and knowledge-based sectors where they support better paid employment and good opportunities for export of goods."
Nationally, the population of England and Wales on March 27, 2011, was 56.1 million – up 3.7 million (seven per cent) since 2001.