About the census

The 2011 census statistics provide a detailed snapshot of the population of England, and of Wales, and through comparison will reveal changes in society since the last census in 2001. The information is used extensively across a number of different sectors to support the development of policy, planning, decision making and delivery of services.

The 2011 census took place on 27 March 2011. All households in England and Wales were issued with a questionnaire. Questionnaires were received back from households in Spring 2011. The 2011 Census was designed to collect statistics about:

  • population
  • housing
  • family structure
  • migration
  • length of stay (year of entry to UK)
  • ethnic groups and national identity
  • qualifications
  • employment
  • transport

The 2011 census fieldwork in England and Wales was successful and the Office of National Statistics is confident that it has reached the 94% national response rate target for England and Wales overall, and over 80% response from every local authority. The response rate for Poole was 95%.

So far the 2011census has told us

On census day, 27 March 2011, the population of Poole was 147,600.

Poole's population has grown by around 9,300 people since the last census in 2001, rising from 138,300, an increase of 6.8%.

There were 32,500 residents aged 0 to 19 (22% of the population), and 30,200 residents aged 65+ (20.4% of the population).

Population growth was largest for residents aged 45 to 64 years at 14.3% (+4,900 people).

The number of people aged over 65 increased by 7.6% (+2,100 people).

Poole had 63,500 households with at least 1 usual resident on census day.

Page last updated: 14 March 2019
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