The population of Bournemouth
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, at the 2011 Census, had an estimated population of 183,500. The town continues to grow with a population as at Mid-2015 of 194,500.
The Borough currently has eighteen wards, which vary in population and size. The smallest ward in population terms is Talbot and Branksome Woods with a population of 9,600 and the largest is East Cliff and Springbourne, with a population of 14,300 in Mid-2015. In terms of population density the most populated ward is Boscombe West with around 110 persons per hectare while the least populated is East Southbourne and Tuckton with only 23 people per hectare. The Borough as a whole has an average population density of 42 persons per hectare. This compares with an England and Wales average of 3.8 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 2,264 live births but 2,044 deaths giving a net increase of 220 in 2015. For many years population growth in the borough had been based solely on migration but now natural change (births less deaths) is also contributing to population growth.
Bournemouth has a smaller percentage of residents describing themselves as non White British than across England and Wales; however this population has grown significantly between 2001 and 2011. The largest non White British population is those describing themselves as 'Other White' (this will include many groups moving from elsewhere in the EU). The next largest groups are 'Asian/Asian British' and 'Mixed/multiple ethnic groups'.
Population Trends in Bournemouth