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Population & Migration

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This section looks at data relating to population & migration. Please use the menu links on the left hand side to access this data.

As a relatively new town Bournemouth, has grown from the Parish of Holdenhurst with a population of just 489| in 1801 to the Borough of Bournemouth which, in Mid-2013, had an estimated population of 188,700.

The Borough currently has eighteen wards, which vary in population and size.  The smallest in terms of population is Throop and Muscliff with a population of 9,000 and the largest is East Cliff and Springbourne, with a population of 12,900 in Mid-2012.  In terms of population density the most populated ward is Boscombe West with around 99 persons per hectare while the least populated is East Southbourne and Tuckton with only 22 people per hectare.  The Borough as a whole has an average population density of 40 persons per hectare.

Bournemouth has historically had a lower birth rate than the national average, and a higher death rate than the national average.  In 2007, however, for the first time in many years the number of births| exceeded deaths|, albeit by a modest 29.  This trend has continued with 2,348 live births and 2,001deaths giving a net increase of 347 in 2012.  As a result the population increase since 2006 has not been solely the result of people moving to the area as it had in previous years.

Statistics for the mid-2011 to mid-2012 period show that, allowing for the excess of births over deaths, in Bournemouth the migration component, including internal (within the UK) as well as international migration as well as other changes accounted for around 2,800 more residents moving to Bournemouth than moved away from the area.  Among internal migrants| the largest movements of migrants is in the 16-24 age group, largely due to students moving to the area to attend the university.

Bournemouth has a relatively small but diverse ethnic community with White Irish, White Other, Mixed race, Chinese and Other Ethnic groups making up the largest populations.

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