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House of Commons Hansard
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01 March 2010
Volume 506
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To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the population density was of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in (i) 1960, (ii) 1970, (iii) 1980, (iv) 1990, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2010; and what estimate she has made of the population density in each of those areas in (A) 2020, (B) 2030 and (C) 2050. [319821]

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The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what the population density was of (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in (i) 1960, (ii) 1970, (iii) 1980, (iv) 1990, (v) 2000 and (vi) 2010; and what estimate has been made of the population density in each of those areas in (A) 2020, (B) 2030 and (C) 2050. (319821)

The attached table shows population density, calculated for each mid-year, as requested. Figures for 1960 to the year 2000 are derived using mid-year population estimates and the relevant land area. Figures for 2010 to 2050 are derived using 2008-based national population projections and assume land areas for the UK constituent countries remain constant into the future.

Population density for constituent countries of the United Kingdom for selected years

Persons per sq km

19601

19701

19801

19901

20001

20102

20202

20302

20502

England

3

353

359

366

378

401

430

459

504

Wales

3

131

136

138

140

145

153

160

168

Scotland

66

67

67

65

65

67

69

71

71

Northern Ireland

105

113

113

118

124

133

141

147

153

1 Population densities are derived using mid-year population estimates and the relevant land area.

2 Population densities are derived using 2008-based population projections, assuming constant land area for the UK constituent countries into the future.

3 Population estimates for 1960 are not available, separately for England and Wales.

Sources:

Office for National Statistics, General Register Office for Scotland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency