Hampshire Facts and Figures

2001 Census: Ethnic Group

Summary Table:

This table gives the percentage of the total resident population by their ethnic group. The 2001 Census question recorded respondent’s perceived ethnic group. All people are included in this table.

All People White British White Other Mixed Asian Black Chinese or Other Ethnic Group
Basingstoke and Deane 152,573 93.46 3.1 1.03 1.23 0.57 0.61
East Hampshire 109,274 95.68 2.67 0.65 0.4 0.19 0.41
Eastleigh 116,169 95.45 1.97 0.7 1.18 0.18 0.51
Fareham 107,977 96.47 1.79 0.6 0.48 0.15 0.51
Gosport 76,415 96.87 1.47 0.61 0.46 0.21 0.36
Hart 83,505 94.37 3.32 0.72 0.81 0.26 0.53
Havant 116,849 96.94 1.6 0.57 0.4 0.15 0.34
New Forest 169,331 96.85 2.01 0.5 0.25 0.12 0.29
Rushmoor 90,987 92.74 2.83 1.08 1.75 0.63 0.97
Test Valley 109,801 95.66 2.27 0.65 0.74 0.2 0.48
Winchester 107,222 94.84 3 0.65 0.69 0.25 0.56
Portsmouth 186,701 91.86 2.88 1 2.45 0.51 1.32
Southampton 217,445 88.74 3.63 1.5 3.79 1.03 1.3
     
Hampshire 1,240,103 95.43 2.37 0.7 0.74 0.27 0.5
Hampshire (Including Portsmouth and Southampton) 1,644,249 94.14 2.59 0.84 1.35 0.4 0.69

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Commentary:

Hampshire County

Differences in the classification of ethnic groups between the 1991 and 2001 Censuses mean that comparisons cannot be made. The mixed category was not included in the 1991 Census, and White ethnicity was not broken down into White British and White Other.

All of Hampshire’s eleven districts had over 90 per cent of their population in the White British ethnic group in 2001, with the highest percentage in Havant (96.94 per cent), while Rushmoor had the lowest (92.74 per cent). The Hampshire average was 95.43 per cent.

All the other ethnic groups combined amounted to less than 5 % of the population in seven of Hampshire’s districts. In all districts White Other was the second most common ethnic group accounting for over half the minority ethnic population (all ethnicities other than White British) in six districts, with the highest percentage in Hart (3.32 per cent) and the lowest percentage in Gosport (1.47 per cent).  

The third most common ethnic group varied between Mixed and Asian across the districts, with Asian accounting for 26 per cent of Eastleigh’s minority ethnic population in 2001 and Mixed 20 per cent of Gosport’s minority ethnic population.

The highest values for Asian and Mixed as a percentage of the total population were in Rushmoor (1.75 per cent Asian and 1.08 per cent Mixed) and Basingstoke and Deane (1.23 per cent Asian and 1.03 per cent Mixed). These are the only examples where any of the districts’ Mixed, Asian, Black or Chinese or other ethnic group populations were above 1 per cent of the total district population.

Rushmoor and Basingstoke and Deane also contained the largest percentages of the population in the Black and Chinese and other ethnic group categories.

Portsmouth and Southampton

91.86 per cent of the population of Portsmouth and 88.74 per cent of the population of Southampton was White British in 2001.

The second most common ethnic group in Portsmouth was White Other with 2.9 per cent of the population, reflecting the situation in Hampshire’s districts. However, in Southampton the Asian population was larger than the White Other population with 3.8 per cent compared to 3.6 per cent. The number of people in the Asian ethnic group in Southampton was also the only group other than White British to exceed 8,000 people in either city or any of Hampshire’s districts.

The Asian ethnic group was the third most common in Portsmouth with 2.5 per cent of the population occupying this group. The percentage of the population in the Black ethnic group was twice as high in Southampton as Portsmouth (1 per cent compared to 0.5 per cent). Southampton also had a higher percentage in the Mixed ethnic group (1.5 per cent compared to 1 per cent in Portsmouth).

The proportion of the population occupying the Chinese and other ethnic group category was very similar across the two cities, at approximately 1.3 per cent.