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Key facts for Dorset
Dorset Council has a lower birth rate than Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) 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 nearly 50% over the next 25 years. This means increasing pressure on services.
|Key Facts||Key figure|
|Latest population of Dorset Council area||376,480|
|Latest population of all Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole||772,270|
|Latest population of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole||395,780|
|Total number of dwellings in Dorset Council area - 2018 council tax figure||177,934|
|Population, birth and death statistics||Dorset Council||Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole||England and Wales|
|2018 Birth rate per 1,000||7.8||9.8||11.3|
|2018 Death rate per 1,000||12.6||11.5||9.2|
|Percentage 0 to 4yr olds||4.3||5.3||5.9|
|Percentage 5 to 15yr olds||11.6||11.8||13.2|
|Percentage 16 to 64yr olds||55.4||61.3||62.5|
|Percentage of the population 65+ yrs olds||28.6||21.5||18.3|
Percentage (projected) growth in total population over next 25 years
- population and birth and death statistics: Office for National Statistics (ONS), mid year estimates 2018
- projected population figures: ONS, 2016 based population projections
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