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The UK experiences its highest annual population growth since 1962

Published: 3 July 2011 Origin:  Social Statistics and Demography

Professor Jane Falkingham comments on the trends and causes behind the 2010 mid-year high population growth.

The population of the UK was 62.3 million in mid-2010, up 470,000 (0.8 per cent) on the previous year; the highest annual growth rate since mid-1962 reveals the Office for National Statistics.

The Annual Mid-year Population Estimates for 2010, published on the 30th June 2011, show that since 2001 the UK population has increased by an average of 0.6% per year, compared with 0.3% per year between 1991 and 2001.

Natural Change (the difference between births and deaths) accounted for 52 per cent of population growth over the year to mid-2010, the third successive year that it has contributed more than net long-term international migration (the difference between long-term migration into and out of the UK), say the Office for National Statistics.

To listen to Professor Jane Falkingham explanations from Radio interviews, click on the links below:

Radio 5 Live - Interview 30th June 2011

Radio 4 - Interview 2nd July 2011

Commenting on these statistics, Jane also appeared on the Channel 4 News and the BBC News at 10 on 30th June 2011.

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