The first set of census data was released on 28 June 2022. This included population data by gender, five-year age band and household estimates at local authority level and above. The key findings for Derbyshire were as follows:
- On census day, 21 March 2021, Derbyshire’s population was 794,600, an increase of 24,900 since the last Census in 2011. The rate of population growth for Derbyshire was 3.2%, much lower than the growth for England (6.6%).
- Most Derbyshire districts have experienced a growth in population over the last ten years, with the exception of Chesterfield that is one of eighteen local authorities across England to have experienced a decline in population since 2011, albeit a very small decline of 0.2% (the equivalent of 200 people).
- South Derbyshire has seen the largest growth in population with an increase of 12,600 people since 2011. This equates to a 13.3% increase and ranks as the 25th (/309) fastest growing local authority across England. This places an increased demand on the supply of local services in the south of the county, including schools, transport, and healthcare.
- There were 404,800 women (50.9% of the overall population) and 389,800 men (49.1%) in Derbyshire.
- Children aged 0-14 represent 15.9% of Derbyshire’s population, lower than the England average of (17.4%) and a 0.6% (800) decline in the age group since 2011.
- The number of 15-24 year olds has declined by 12.5% since the last census, higher than the England decline of 4.4% and highlighting potential additional challenges to the local labour market in terms of the supply of labour and ongoing skills shortages.
- The number of people aged 65+ in the county has grown by 22.8% (32,600) since 2011, now representing 22.1% of Derbyshire’s population and remaining well above the England average of 18.4%. The ongoing increase in the number of older people in the county will continue to have significant implications for older people’s services in Derbyshire.
- 2021 Census figures show there were 354,200 households in Derbyshire. This represents an increase of 6.5% since 2011, higher than the England increase of 6.2%.
Further analysis for Derbyshire and districts can be found in the infographics and links below:
Census 2021 – detailed population statistics for Derbyshire and districts
How Derbyshire’s population has changed since 2011