More Older People as County Population Rises
The population of Leicestershire has grown by 41,000 over the last 11 years, with a rise in people living in rural areas, the county council revealed today.
Leicestershire County Council has analysed the results of the recent census, which shows that 650,500 people currently live in the county.
The key facts are as follows:
• The ward with the largest population increase is Bardon in North West Leicestershire, up by 52 per cent
• The ward with the largest population decrease is Wigston Meadowcourt, Oadby and Wigston, down by eight per cent
• The number of people aged 60 and above increased in all but three out of 133 council wards
• The largest increase in population is in rural areas, which have grown by 10 per cent, or 8,300 people
• The population of urban areas has grown by six per cent, or 7,200 people
County Council leader Nick Rushton said: “The latest census information will help us to shape our services for the future.
“It shows that we have an increasingly ageing population and a growth in people living in rural areas, both of which will create challenges and pressures on our services.”