Following on from my last post on the Census 2021 results I though we would have a look at the population and household growth across England and Wales and specifically Crawley, which has been unequal over the past decade. This has been reflected in property price performance too.
The population of England and Wales grew by 3.5 million between the 2011 census and the 21st March 2021 census, the number of households by 1.4 million.
The East of England and the South West have witnessed the strongest growth in both population and the number of households, but it is the East Midlands and London where price growth has been most significant.
In Crawley itself, the population size has increased by 11.2%, from around 106,600 in 2011 to 118,500 in 2021. This is higher than the overall increase for England (6.6%), where the population grew by nearly 3.5 million to 56,489,800
At 11.2%, Crawley's population increase is higher than the increase for the South East (7.5%). In 2021, Crawley ranked 199th for total population out of 309 local authority areas in England, moving up 17 places in a decade.
The government’s Levelling Up White Paper, releases in February, presented and ambitious 10-year agenda to morally, socially and economically narrow regional inequality. The 2031 census will no doubt provide an indication as to its level of success.
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Source: Dataloft, Census 2021 (March 21st), Land Registry, DLUHC, ONS, based on £psf, Weighted average.