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Key facts for Dorset

Key FactsKey Figure
Latest population of all Dorset765,700
Latest population of Bournemouth194,500
Latest population of Poole150,600
Latest population of DCC(Dorset County Council) Dorset- Dorset County Council area420,600
Total number of dwellings in Dorset County Council area - 2014 council tax figure198,268


Population, birth and death statisticsDCC DorsetBournemouthPooleEngland & Wales
Birth rate8.311.611.012.1
Death rate11.510.010.78.7
Percentage 0-4yr olds4.
Percentage 5-15yr olds11.410.212.012.7
Percentage 18-64yr olds53.764.158.260.9
Percentage of the population 65+ yrs olds28.017.922.017.9
Projected growth in total population over next 25 years10.816.316.515.9

Sources: Population and birth and death statistics: Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mid Year Estimates (MYE) 2015. Dwelling figures from Dorset County Council (DCC), 2015. Projected population figures: DCC, 2014 based population projections. National figures: ONS 2014 based National Population Projections.

Dorset has a lower birth rate than Bournemouth, Poole and England & Wales, but a higher death rate, meaning if it were not for in-migration into the area, the population would decline. It has a smaller than average under 5's population but a higher than average population of over 65's meaning there is increasing pressure on adult and care services. The projected growth in our population is expected to further increase pressure on services, as the over 65's population grows by 50% over the next 25 years.

Understanding Dorset and its communities is key to informing how the council prioritises its spend to meet peoples needs, as well as being of use and interest to Dorset's businesses and residents in their daily lives.

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