Population by ethnicity: changes from 2001 to 2011

Summary

The usual resident population of the Lancashire-14 area was 1,460,893 at the time of the 2011 Census. The largest ethnic group was white (90%). The black and minority ethnic group formed 10% of the population. Numerically, there were almost 141,000 black and minority ethnic (BME) people in the area. In 2001 the BME population was almost 7% of the population. Since then, the number of BME people has increased by almost 47,500, a growth rate of just over 50%. 

The usual resident population of the Lancashire-12 area was 1,171,339. The largest ethnic group was white (92%). The black and minority ethnic group made up 8% of the population. Numerically, there were over 90,000 black and minority ethnic people in Lancashire-12. In 2001 the BME population was just over 5% of the population. Since then, the number of BME people has increased by almost 30,000, a growth rate of around 50%. 

In 2011 within Lancashire-12, Pendle and Preston had one in five people (20%) who were BME. In Burnley and Hyndburn the rate was 12%. The numbers of people who are BME were by far the greatest in Preston, where there were almost 28,000. In Pendle there was a BME population of 18,000. A further 11,000 and 10,000 BME people lived in Burnley and Hyndburn respectively. These four districts are the same ones in which the numbers of BME people were highest in 2001. The BME population growth rates, between 2001 and 2011, in each of these districts were roughly between one-third and one-half.

By 2011, more than 4% of the population of Lancaster was BME, up from just over 2% in 2001. The number of BME people doubled during the decade from around 3,000 to 6,000.  

Rossendale had 4,204 people who were BME, an increase of 1,690 (two-thirds) since 2001.

Numbers were lower, but remain of note in Chorley and South Ribble with just over 3,000 BME people each. In both the BME population had grown by over half since 2001.  

The rate of population growth in Blackburn with Darwen was one of the strongest within Lancashire, at over 7%. In 2001 white people accounted for just over three-quarters of the population in Blackburn with Darwen. By 2011 they accounted for over two-thirds. During this decade the BME population grew by half (15,000 people) to almost 45,500 people.

In Blackpool the BME population was a similar size to that of Rossendale (just under 5,000). Because of this relatively low numerical base, the growth rate since 2001, when calculated, is over 100%. Whilst this may be important to monitor for future trends, it should be noted that the numerical increase in the BME population between the two censuses was just under 2,500 people. This change took place in the context of overall population stagnation.  

The total white population in Lancashire-14 fell very slightly, by just over 1,000 people (0.1%) between 2001 and 2011. In contrast to Lancashire-14, the total white population within Lancashire-12 rose by just over 6,400 people (0.6%) between 2001 and 2011. In comparison, the growth rate in the region was marginally positive and in England and Wales it was almost 1.5%.

Asian/Asian British was the largest minority ethnic group in both Lancashire-14 and Lancashire-12. In Lancashire-14 there were almost 109,000 Asian/Asian British people. This was an increase of over 33,000 people since 2001, a growth rate of 44%, compared to a national rate of 68%.  Within Lancashire-12 there were just over 66,000 Asian/Asian British people, an increase of almost 20,000 people since 2001, and a growth rate of 43%.

All the 2011 data for each Lancashire authority can be viewed via this link to the interactive maps. The maps include details for the 302 wards in the Lancashire-14 area at the time of the 2011 census. 

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Last updated January 2013