When I looked at the early release of data from the 2011 Census, one thing that struck me was the amazing variability in population densities in various parts of England and Wales.
Here in Surrey and the South East of England we’re very aware of how apparently crowed we all are in this corner of England. Yet, in the Statistical Bulletin of the 2011 Census we’re nowhere near as crowed as other parts of the South East. In the bulletin’s summary it notes:
“In England and Wales the average population density was 371 people per square kilometre; however in London this figure was 5,200. If the London figures were excluded, the average population density for the rest of England and Wales was 321 people per square kilometre.
When the average population densities for England and Wales are calculated separately, there were 407 and 148 residents per square kilometre respectively.”
The average population density of 371 per square km equates, they say, “to about four people on a rugby pitch”. Hmm, that’s crowded to my way of thinking.
Anyway, taking a closer look at the population density [via the Guardian's Data Blog on the census] here’s what I’ve found about us, and the densities of neighbouring boroughs, and some London boroughs
- Surrey Heath – 906
- Woking – 1,560
- Guildford – 506
- Rushmoor – 2,402
- Runnymede – 1,031
- Hart – 423
- London – Islington – 13,875
- London – Kensington and Chelsea – 13,087
- London – Hackney - 12,930
So, we’re not quite as crowded as most of our near neighbours, or amazingly dense London. Although, by comparison with us, some Kentish boroughs are underpopulated, such as Rother -178, Wealden – 179, and Ashford – 203.