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Dorset statistics and census information

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Find statistics, research and information on Dorset.

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 for Dorset
 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
Population, birth and death statisticsDorset CouncilBournemouth, Christchurch and PooleEngland 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

8.4 12.0



  • 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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