UK head count highest for 50 years

The country's population rose by 470,000 last year, the highest annual growth rate for nearly 50 years, statistics released today showed.

The UK's population stood at 62.3 million in the year leading up to mid-2010, up 0.8% on the previous year, the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found.



The increase is in line with previous years over the last decade, and for the third year in a row natural change has been the cause rather than immigration.



Natural change (the difference between births and deaths) accounted for 52% of the UK population growth in the year to mid-2010, the main reason behind this being the number of births.



In 2009/10 there were 134,000 more births than in 2001/02.



Statisticians said this is due to there being more women in the key childbearing ages of between 15 and 44.



The number of migrants entering the UK remains at similar levels seen over the last six years, with 574,000 people coming to the country from abroad last year.











The ONS findings show that past migration has contributed to the increase in annual births in the UK since 2002 due to the increasing population of non UK-born women who tend to have more children than their UK-born counterparts.

While there were 12.3 million women of key childbearing age in 2000/01, in 2009/10 there were 12.5 million.



Another factor is the number of women born in the 1960s and '70s who put off having children and are now having children at older ages than in the past.



The lower number of deaths can be attributed to higher mortality rates due to medical advances, with circulatory diseases having seen the greatest fall in age-related mortality.



In particular, the number of men aged over 85 has increased.



The findings also show that net migration, the difference between immigration and emigration, has risen compared with the year before.



The country's population increased by 230,000 last year, with 574,000 immigrants coming to the country compared with 344,000 people who migrated overseas.



This is largely down to the fall in emigration of British citizens as figures from 2008/09 show that 386,000 left the UK then.



Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have said they want to bring annual net migration down to just "tens of thousands" by 2015.



However a report released by Oxford University's Migration Observatory last week said it is thought they will only achieve half the desired effect at best.



None of the information released today relates to the recent 2011 Census.









Statisticians said the population's usual annual growth rate is 0.6%. Last year's 0.8% growth rate is the highest since the year leading up to mid-1962.

In response to today's figures, Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "This is yet more evidence of the impact that a decade of uncontrolled migration has had on the UK.



"We are in the process of fixing the immigration system we inherited to ensure that any migration-related population growth is sustainable and brings benefits to the UK.



"Net migration has been too high but the controls and reforms we are introducing will bring it back down to the tens of thousands."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Sport
sportSo, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Arts and Entertainment
Dennis speaks to his French teacher
tvThe Boy in the Dress, TV review
News
One father who couldn't get One Direction tickets for his daughters phoned in a fake bomb threat and served eight months in a federal prison
people... (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia was one of the 300 US cinemas screening
filmTim Walker settles down to watch the controversial gross-out satire
Arts and Entertainment
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's Big Eyes
film reviewThis is Tim Burton’s most intimate and subtle film for a decade
Life and Style
Mark's crab tarts are just the right size
food + drinkMark Hix cooks up some snacks that pack a punch
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executive- City of London, Old Street

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...

Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwickshire

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...

Day In a Page

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect