Newly released details of last year’s (2021) UK census show some striking facts about the population of the Cotswold district.
1. There are slightly more women than men in the District
The census, which is used to understand how the UK’s population is changing over time, shows the gender balance across the country.
In the Cotswolds, 48.2% of the population were male and 51.9% female last year, up from 48.4% and 51.6% respectively 10 years ago.
The City of London (55.8%) had the highest gender ratio, while Kensington and Chelsea (46.7%) had the lowest.
2. There are areas of deprivation, but they are not extreme
The most deprived areas of the district are Cirencester Central, Cirencester South and Moreton and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Deprivation domains refer to whether a household member is unemployed or in long-term illness; if no member of the household has at least a level 2 education; whether anyone in the household has “poor” or “very poor” health or has a long-term health problem; and whether the household is overcrowded, shared or does not have central heating.
In Cirencester Central – 52.8% of households here were deprived of at least one dimension at the time of the 2021 census, up from 58.6% in 2011
Cirencester South – 47.6%, down from 52.4% in 2011
Moreton and Stow-on-the-Wold – 46.4%, down from 53.6% in 2011
In contrast, the neighborhood with the lowest level of deprivation was Sandywell, Ermin and Chedworth, with 34.8% of households.
The average in England and Wales, 51.7%.
3. The Cotswolds district has an aging population
The Cotswolds has an aging population, as the proportion of people over the age of 65 living in the area has increased over the past decade.
There were 23,700 people aged 65 and over living in the district on Census Day last year, up from 18,489 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 22.3% to 26.1%.
4. But the number of young people is also increasing
There were 26,000 people aged 29 and under living in the Cotswolds on March 21 last year, who made up 28.6% of the population – down from 24,855 (30%) in 2011.
Of these, 8,600 under 10s call the Cotswolds home.
5. Almost a third of people in the Cotswolds are single
More than a quarter of people in the Cotswolds were single, with the number of marriages and civil partnerships falling across the country over the past decade, according to new census figures.
The area follows trends across England and Wales, where the single rate has increased since the last census in 2011.
The number of people considered single – never having been in a PACS or married – in the Cotswolds at last year’s census was 21,266, up from 17,735 in 2011.
Of people aged 16 and over in the Cotswolds, 27.9% were single, up from 25.7% in 2011.
The situation was similar in England and Wales last year, where 37.9% of people aged 16 and over were single, up from 34.6% in 2011.
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