Hampshire Facts and Figures

2001 Census: Population

Summary Tables:

Total Population

This table gives the population of Hampshire’s districts in 1991 and 2001. All people are included in this table.

Age Group 1991 2001
Basingstoke & Deane 144,790 152,573
East Hampshire 103,460 109,274
Eastleigh 105,999 116,169
Fareham 99,262 107,977
Gosport 75061 76415
Hart 80921 83,505
Havant 119,697 116,849
New Forest 160,456 169,331
Rushmoor 82,526 90,987
Test Valley 101,428 109,801
Winchester 96,386 107,222
Portsmouth 174,697 186,701
Southampton 196,864 217,445
     
Hampshire 1,169,986 1,240,103
Hampshire (Including Portsmouth and Southampton) 1,541,547 1,644,249


Population by Age - Hampshire County

This table gives the population of Hampshire County in 2001 by age group. Age was calculated from the date of birth recorded on the Census form. All people are included in this table.

Age Group 2001 Hampshire County
0-4 72,178
5-9 79,425
10-14 82,365
15-19 74,971
20-24 62,496
25-29 72,690
30-34 89,235
35-39 99,891
40-44 93,167
45-49 82,659
50-54 92,241
55-59 75,909
60-64 61,744
65-69 55,663
70-74 50,153
75-79 41,424
80-84 28,563
85-89 16,728
90+ 8,601


Population by Age - Portsmouth and Southampton

This table gives the population of Portsmouth and Southampton in 2001 by age group. Age was calculated from the date of birth recorded on the Census form. All people are included in this table.

Age Group 2001 Portsmouth 2001 Southampton
0-4 11,006 12,051
5-9 11,076 12,883
10-14 11,790 12,445
15-19 12,763 15,903
20-24 16,700 27,255
25-29 14,071 17,634
30-34 15,300 15,846
35-39 14,902 15,134
40-44 12,460 13,294
45-49 10,552 11,918
50-54 10,577 12,297
55-59 9,116 10,597
60-64 7,715 8,558
65-69 7,124 7,863
70-74 6,627 7,696
75-79 6,244 7,058
80-84 4,779 5,061
85-89 2,635 2,712
90+ 1,264 1,240


Commentary:

Hampshire County

The population of Hampshire in 2001 was 1,240,100, an increase of 70,120 or 6 per cent since 1991. At the district level, the highest numerical and percentage increase in population occurred in Winchester with an increase of 10,840 people (11.2 per cent). While the population of Havant declined by 2,850 people (2.4 per cent).

Between 1991 and 2001, the proportion of Hampshire’s population aged 45 and over increased from 37.1 per cent to 41.4 per cent. During the same period, the proportion of the population aged 65 years and over increased from 14.9 to 16.2 per cent.

The biggest gains in population took place in the 50-59 year age groups, (an increase of 43,620 people) due to the arrival in this age of those born in the post war baby boom. Conversely, the largest decrease (38,390) was in persons in the 20-29 age band, due to the small birth cohorts born in the late 1970s.

There were also declines in the population aged 0-4 years, but rises in those aged 5-14, as a result of the larger number of births in the late 1980s and early 1990s compared with the previous ten years.

The largest percentage increase was in persons aged 85 years and over, whose numbers increased by 8,230 or 48 per cent.

Portsmouth and Southampton

The population of Southampton in 2001 was 217,450, an increase of 20,580 or 10.5 per cent since 1991. Portsmouth increased by 12,000 residents (6.9 per cent) between the two census years, resulting in a population of 196,700 in 2001.

Between 1991 and 2001, the proportion of Portsmouth and Southampton’s population aged 45 and over decreased from around 37 per cent to 35 per cent. The proportion of the population aged 65 years and over also decreased in both cities, but the population aged 85 and over increased in Portsmouth from 1.9 to 2.1 per cent and in Southampton from 1.5 to 1.8 per cent.

The largest gain in Southampton’s population was in the 20-24 year age group, (an increase of 10,380 people), this rise was likely to have been influenced by the shift in where student populations were recorded (in the 2001 Census this changed from their parents’ address to their term time address). Conversely, the largest decrease in Southampton (3,460 people) was in persons in the 60-69 age group.

In Portsmouth the age group gaining the most people between the two censuses was the 30-39 age group (6,320 people). While the age group losing the most people between the two census years was the 60-69 age group (2,330 less people).

In both cities, there were declines in the population aged 0-4 years, but rises in those aged 5-14 years.