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Dorset statistics and census information

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Key facts for Dorset

Dorset has a lower birth rate than Bournemouth, Poole and England & Wales, but a higher death rate. This means that without 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. This means there is increasing pressure on adult and care services.

Projected growth shows that the over 65 population will grow by 50% over the next 25 years. This means increasing pressure on services.

Key facts for Dorset
 Key Facts Key figure
Latest population of all Dorset 770,690
Latest population of Bournemouth 194,750
Latest population of Poole 151,270
Latest population of Dorset County Council (DCC) area 424,670
Total number of dwellings in Dorset County Council area - 2017 council tax figure 200,636
Population, birth and death statistics
Population, birth and death statisticsDCC DorsetBournemouthPooleEngland and Wales
2017 Birth rate per 1,000 8.0 11.2 10.5 11.7
2017 Death rate per 1,000 12.4 10.4 11.1 9.1
Percentage 0 to 4yr olds 4.4 5.7 5.4 6.1
Percentage 5 to 15yr olds 11.5 11.0 12.3 13.0
Percentage 16 to 64yr olds 55.5 65.2 59.9 62.8
Percentage of the population 65+ yrs olds 28.7 18.1 22.4 18.2

Projected growth in total population over next 25 years

11.3 19.3




  • population and birth and death statistics: Office for National Statistics (ONS), mid year estimates 2017
  • dwelling figures: Dorset County Council (DCC), 2015
  • projected population figures: DCC, 2016 based population projections
  • national figures: ONS 2016 based on national population projections

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