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Dorset Statistics and census information

Find statistics, research and information on Dorset all in one place.

Understanding Dorset and its communities is key to informing how we prioritise our spend to meet peoples needs.

Find out more by visiting our Dorset Statistics web page:

View Dorset Statistics

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Dorset Statistics, including the 2011 Census, area profiles, reports and topics.

2021 Census

Read more about 2021 Census
Preparing for the 2021 Census - the West Dorset Test 2017.

Key facts for Dorset

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.

Key FactsKey Figure
Latest population of all Dorset771,880
Latest population of Bournemouth197,660
Latest population of Poole151,500
Latest population of DCC(Dorset County Council) Dorset- Dorset County Council area422,730
Total number of dwellings in Dorset County Council area - 2014 council tax figure198,268

 

Population, birth and death statisticsDCC DorsetBournemouthPooleEngland & Wales
2015 Birth rate8.311.610.412.1
2015 Death rate12.410.511.79.2
Percentage 0-4yr olds4.55.85.66.2
Percentage 5-15yr olds11.410.412.112.8
Percentage 18-64yr olds53.464.258.060.7
Percentage of the population 65+ yrs olds28.317.822.118.0
Projected growth in total population over next 25 years12.720.3

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Sources: Population and birth and death statistics: Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mid Year Estimates (MYE) 2016. Dwelling figures from Dorset County Council (DCC), 2015. Projected population figures: DCC, 2015 based population projections. National figures: ONS 2014 based National Population Projections.

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