Census shows population in South Kesteven, Rutland, East Northamptonshire and Peterborough populations has risen

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THE populations of South Kesteven, Rutland, East Northamptonshire and Peterborough have all increased, according to the latest census figures.

Results published today (Monday) show the population of South Kesteven went up by 7.1 per cent between 2001 and 2011, from 124,900 to 133,800.

The number of people living in Rutland grew by 8.1 per cent, from 34,600 in 2001 to 37,400 in 2011. In East Northamptonshire the population increased by 13 per cent for the same period, from 76,800 to 86,800, and in the Peterborough area the population rose by 16.6 per cent from 157,400 to 183,600.

National statistician Jil Matheson said: “The 2011 Census has been a resounding success and I am proud of the incredible effort that has been put in. It is a rich source of information about the population and its characteristics.

“Across England and Wales around 19 out of 20 people responded and we have excellent statistical methods for ensuring we have a complete estimate of the whole population.

“These statistics will provide valuable information for planners, policy-makers and the public for years to come.”

Census director Glen Watson added: “The whole operation has worked well. We met our targets both for response and quality.

“We’ve had fantastic support from the public, and also from voluntary groups, community groups and local authorities throughout England and Wales.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, including the 35,000 people who worked on the data collection and helped to make the census a success.”