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UK population saw record increases in 2010

June 30, 2011

The UK’S population increased more in 2010 than any other year in almost 50 years, according to the Office for National Statistics’ figures.

By mid-2010, an estimate on the resident population stood at 62,262,000, representing an increase of at least 470,000 when compared to the previous year. Noticeably, this growth rate is the country’s highest since 1962 when the “baby boom” was in full swing.

‘Natural change’ - the term used for the difference between the amount of births and deaths - was responsible for just over 52 oer centĀ of the growth. The number of births across the UK is currently at its highest since 1991, at least 797,000 over the year until mid-2010.

From 2007 until 2010, natural change was the main force behind growth after narrowly overtaking net migration, the dominating factor for the nine years prior to recent developments. Net migration - which is the difference between long term migration in and out of Britain - shows 230,000 for 2009-10.

All in all, the Office For National Statistics says that the UK population has jumped by at least 3.1 million from 2001 until last year. The House of Commons’ library, as part of a response to question posed by James Clappison MP, was forced into recently estimating that the figure might exceed 70 million by the year 2026, which is a considerable three years earlier than the previous official estimates that were made.

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