West Midlands population increased to over 5.4 million in 2008

Office for National Statistics logoThe population of the West Midlands grew to over 5.4 million in 2008, according to the latest population estimates released by the Office for National Statistics.

With a population of 5.411 million, the region’s population grew by 0.5% (29,000) on the preceding year.

Natural change (births minus deaths) was the most significant contributor to the growth at 20,000, whereas net migration accounted for the remainder (9,000).

Locally within the West Midlands region, the most significant increases in population (in absolute terms) were recorded in Birmingham (up 7,000 to 1.017 million), and Coventry (up 3,000 to 310,000). With an increase in population on the preceding year of 1%, Coventry also recorded the largest rate of increase.

Across the United Kingdom, the population grew to 61.383 million in 2008, an increase of 0.7% on the preceding year, with natural change contributing 221,000 and net migration 187,000. This was the first time in nearly a decade that natural change contributed a larger proportion of total growth than net migration.

A detailed breakdown of all the 2008 mid year population statistics—nationally, regionally and locally, as well as by age groups and gender—are available from the Office for National Statistics.

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