If you are a sociologist working on UK stuff you’re pretty much duty bound to trot out figures from the Census to substantiate what you say. Problem is for ages, the only data available from this 10 yearly survey dates from 2001. I remember Jon Cruddas MP complaning about it when I interviewed him back in I think 2008. Nothing much changed between then and now until this document appeared.

The juicy stuff is I guess yet to come but it looks like the first dribs and drabs of the 2011 exercise are out. About ruddy time too. Summary stuff is here. Main headline so far is that:

On census night the population in England and Wales was 56.1 million, 53.0 million in England and 3.1 million in Wales. This was the largest the population had ever been.

So immigration and rising birthrate have swelled the UK’s ranks – not news to anyone with primary school aged children where extra classes are being added all over the shop, unlike a few years ago when schools were being shut down.


  • The median age of the population in England and Wales was 39. For men, the median age was 38 and for women it was 40. In 1911, the median age was 25.
  • The percentage of the population aged 65 and over was the highest seen in any census at 16.4 per cent, that is one in six people in the population was 65 and over.

So more numerous and older than before. More to follow…