On census day the population of Poole was 147,645.
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%.
Health and wellbeing
120,200 (81.4%) of people in Poole reported their general health as either “very good” or “good”; the corresponding figure for England and Wales was 81.2%.
27,200 (18.4%) of residents in Poole were limited in daily activities because of a health problem or disability. For England and Wales 17.9% were in this position.
16% of Poole’s commuters walk or cycle to work.
There are 30,200 residents aged 65+ (20.5% of the population). This is an increase of 7.6% (+2,100 people) from the 2011 census. Poole has a higher proportion of older people compared to England and Wales (16.4%).
Children and young people
There were 32,500 residents aged 0 to 19 (22% of the population). This is an increase of 1.9% from the 2011 census. Poole has seen an increase in the number of younger age children (0 to 4 years old) and older aged children (15 to 19)
75,700 residents aged 16 to 74 were economically active (71.2%) in 2011. Of these , 69,100 were in employment. The economic activity rate was 69.7% for England and Wales.
3,400 people were unemployed (3.2%). The unemployment rate for England and Wales was 4.4%.
Most residents were employed in the wholesale and retail sector (12,100 people, 16.8%) and the Health sector (9,700 people, 13.5%) in Poole.
Between 2001 and 2011 the owner occupation rate in Poole fell from 78%
to 70% of all households. (In England and Wales the rate fell from 68% to 64%.)
The percentage of households in Poole renting increased from 21% to 28% over the decade. (In England and Wales it increased from 31% to 34%.)
Page last updated: 14 March 2019