Where does your town sit on growing population map?

Our population is growing. By mid-June 2019, the number of people living in the UK had risen to nearly 66,800,000 people.

Population estimates for the 25 local authorities with the biggest and smallest growths have just been published, with the City of London seeing the biggest change in numbers.

That the UK’s population continues to increase may surprise some as more women are having fewer children, or choose not to have any. Also, factors such as Brexit and other issues have seen people return to the country of their birth or seen Brits taking off to new lands of opportunities overseas.

But people are living longer and with welfare and medical advancements, along with improvements in hygiene, mothers and their children have much better chances of surviving childbirth and the many other illnesses that life throws at us.

Before lockdown, were there more housing developments and retail parks and amenities being built where you live? Had you noticed your city or county getting busier, more populated?

The Office for National Statistics has published its latest population estimates for the country and here are the 25 local authorities with the biggest percentage increases and decreases, listed with the estimated population in mid-2019 and the percentage change on mid-2018.

Biggest increases

1. City of London 9,721,000 11.7%
2. Camden 270,029 3.0%
3. South Derbyshire 107,261 2.6%
4. Dartford 112,606 2.6%
5. Tewkesbury 95,019 2.6%
6. Uttlesford 91,284 2.4%
7. Westminster 261,317 2.3%
8. Tower Hamlets 324,745 2.2%
9. South Northamptonshire 94,490 2.1%
10. South Norfolk 140,880 2.1%
11. Stratford-on-Avon 130,098 2.0%
12. Corby 72,218 2.0%
13. Aylesbury Vale 203,219 1.9%
14. Wokingham 171,119 1.9%
15. Central Bedfordshire 288,648 1.8%
16. Charnwood 185,851 1.8%
17. Salford 258,834 1.7%
18. Daventry 85,950 1.7%
19. Vale of White Horse 136,007 1.7%
20. Selby 90,620 1.7%
21. Wychavon 129,433 1.6%
22. Rugby 108,935 1.6%
23. Runnymede 89,424 1.6%
24. Bridgend 147,049 1.5%
25. North West Leicestershire 103,611 1.5%

Biggest decreases

1. Oxford 152,457 down 1.2%
2. Reading 161,780 down 0.9%
3. Isles of Scilly 2,224 down 0.8%
4. Cambridge 124,798 down 0.8%
5. Haringey 268,647 down 0.7%
6. Cheltenham 116,306 down 0.7%
7. Worcester 101,222 down 0.7%
8. Rushmoor 94,599 down 0.6%
9. Gosport 84,838 down 0.5%
10. Luton 213,052 down 0.5%

11. Argyll & Bute 85,870 down 0.5%
12. Ipswich 136,913 down 0.5%
13. Inverclyde 77,800 down 0.4%
14. Na h-Eileanan Siar 26,720 down 0.4%
15. Ceredigion 72,695 down 0.4%
16. Norwich 140,573 down 0.4%
17. North Ayrshire 134,740 down 0.4%
18. Plymouth 262,100 down 0.4%
19. Woking 100,793 down 0.4%
20. Copeland 68,183 down 0.4%
21. Hull 259,778 down 0.3%
22. Brent 329,771 down 0.3%
23. Shetland Islands 22,920 down 0.3%
24. King’s Lynn & West Norfolk 151,383 down 0.3%
25. Leicester 354,224 down 0.3%

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