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The results of the 2021 Census have been revealed and show that Trafford’s population has gone up by 3.8% in ten years.

The statistics, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that Trafford’s population has increased from 226,600 in 2011 to 235,100 in 2021.

This is lower than the overall increase in population for England (6.6 per cent) where the population grew by nearly 3.5 million to 56,489,800.

Other interesting Trafford statistics came from the Census which showed:

· Women are living longer than men. The female to male split in over 70s is 57% female and 43% male

· an increase of 14.1% in people aged 65 years and over

· an increase of 0.4% in people aged 15 to 64 years

· an increase of 6.8% in children aged under 15 years

· there are fewer 0-4 year-olds (13,500) than in 2011 (14,870)

Interestingly, other areas of Greater Manchester saw larger population rises – notably Salford (15.4 per cent), Manchester (9.7 per cent), Bolton (6.9 per cent) and Oldham (7.6 per cent). The figures show Cheshire East went up by 7.7 per cent and Warrington 4.3 per cent.

Trafford Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Western, said: “The figures revealed from the Census give a detailed analysis of population and trends across Trafford and the rest of the UK. They show a number of factors including how our population has risen and how the rise compared to other parts of Greater Manchester. The information will help us to plan to deliver services to people who will need them the most and help to determine the allocation of financial resources.”

For more information on the Census results, please log on to Trafford Data Lab will contain all the data related to Trafford: https://www.trafforddatalab.io/census2021.html The initial findings from the 2021 census in England and Wales are available from the ONS, including a rounded population and household estimates statistical bulletin and an animated visualisation report on how Trafford’s population has changed since 2011.

It is expected in the next census a bigger rise in population here in Trafford with all the huge housing developments soon to swamp Partington, housing developments in Broadheath, Sale, Stretford and Old Trafford.

It will mean decreased services for many people such as being able to see a GP, hospitals would not be able to always cope with demand, Police will need to recruit even more officers, the fire service will have to deal with more fires.

Pollution will go even higher as more cars and vans will be on the roads so more people will die from road side pollution or get asthma.

The census though is a good tool to see what is going on in our borough which helps authorities plan ahead so to limit the impact on everyone living here.