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Key Statistics and Quick Statistics for local authorities in the United Kingdom

Key figures

  • On census day 27 March 2011, the proportion of the usually resident population in the UK aged 16 and over who were married had decreased from 51 per cent in 2001 to 47 per cent in 2011. The overall number of married people has remained the same at 23.9 million.
  • The usually resident population of the United Kingdom was 63.2 million on census day, a growth of 7 per cent (4.1 million) since 2001.
  • In 2011 the majority of UK residents described themselves as belonging to a white ethnic group (87 per cent, 55 million).
  • In 2011, the top three countries of birth of non-UK born residents in the UK were, in descending order, India, Poland and Pakistan.
  • Since 2001 the number of usual residents born in Poland and living in the UK has increased nearly ten-fold from 61,000 in 2001 (1 per cent of the non-UK born population) to 654,000 (8 per cent of the non-UK born population) in 2011.
  • In 2011 over four-fifths (81 per cent) of the UK population described themselves as being in good or very good health. Scotland had the highest proportion of usual residents stating very good health at 52 per cent (2.8 million).
  • Nearly one in five (18 per cent, 11.4 million) of the UK population reported having a limiting long-term health problem or disability in 2011. This proportion has remained unchanged since 2001. Wales reported the highest proportion of the population with a limiting long-term health problem or disability at 23 per cent (696,000).
  • In 2011, 10 per cent (6.5 million) of usual residents in the UK provided unpaid care. Of this group over a third (38 per cent, 2.4 million) provided 20 or more hours of unpaid care a week.
  • In 2011, 40 per cent (24.6 million) of usual residents in the UK lived in properties owned with a mortgage or loan.
  • The number of cars and vans available to households in the UK increased by 4.0 million (15 per cent) between 2001 and 2011, from 26.7 million in 2001 to 30.7 million in 2011.
  • At the time of the 2011 Census, there were 65,600 communal establishments in the UK in which 2 per cent (1.1 million) of the UK population resided. There were 54,596 communal establishments in England, 5,425 in Scotland, 4,436 in Wales and 1,143 in Northern Ireland.

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