County overview

Population and household overview

  • On Census night the population of Cambridgeshire was 621,200. This is the largest the population in the county (as it is currently constituted) has ever been.
  • The population of the county grew by 68,500 (12%) in the 10 years since the last census in 2001, rising from 552,700. This was the largest growth in the population in any county council authority in England.
  • There are two people per hectare living in Cambridgeshire.
  • The population aged 65 and over was 100,300. Therefore, 16.1 per cent of the total population, or close to one in six people in the population, was 65 and over.
  • There were 4,800 residents aged 90 and over in 2011 compared with 3,400 in 2001 and 250 in 1951.
  • In 2011, there were 36,800 children under five in the county, 4,600 more than in 2001.
  • The number of households was 251,200, up from 222,900 in 2001. Fenland (9th), South Cambridgeshire (12th) and East Cambridgeshire (13th) are amongst the top twenty local authorities in terms of the growth in households between 2001 and 2011.

Census key statistics

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Census key statistics and quick statistics for local authorities were released by the ONS in December 2012. These provide more detailed information on ethnicity, economic activity, tenure, religion and other topics, at the district level. A summary of the findings for Cambridgeshire are shown in the documents below.

Alternatively, a summary of key and quick census statistics for Cambridgeshire can be found in our 2 page Cambridgeshire Profile, available with East of England, or England and Wales comparator statistics.

In order to add visualisation of the data and make it easier to use, the Research and Performance Team are also updating the Cambridgeshire 2011 Census Atlas which provides the majority of information released.

Colleagues in Public Health Intelligence have analysed the data relating to health and have produced an interactive profile tool displaying the data.

Key statistics are also now available from the ONS as a download using the ONS Census Comparator Tool.