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Where do we fit in 2011’s Census?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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FIGURES gleaned from last year's Census survey have shown people living in and around Ashbourne are older, wiser and healthier than they were at the last study in 2001.

The number of people living in Derbyshire has also risen by five per cent in the last 10 years, with 797,700 people choosing to call the county their home.

The average age of Derbyshire residents in 2011 was found to be 42 - which is higher than the England average of 39 and Derbyshire Dales has the oldest residents of all the county's districts, with the average age being 45, compared to the youngest district - South Derbyshire - where the average age is 40.

It was also revealed that nearly all residents in Derbyshire, 96 per cent, belong to the White British group and the county's black and minority ethnic population has increased by just one per cent.

Although the figure is small compared with the rest of the country it equates to more than 32,000 people in Derbyshire and around 23 per cent of the decade&8217;s population rise is from residents born outside of the UK.

Religion was found to be on the decine in Derbyshire, with the number of residents in Derbyshire stating their religion was Christian in 2011 dropping by 13 per cent to 64 per cent.

Meanwhile, the number of people with no religious affiliation has increased from 15 per cent in 2001 to 28 per cent in 2011. Both of these changes mirror the national trend.

The number of single pensioners living on their own was found to be at 13 per cent - slightly above the national average of 12 per cent. Across the county this varied from 10 per cent in South Derbyshire to 15 per cent in Derbyshire Dales.

Four out of five residents in Derbyshire, 79 per cent, described themselves as being in good or very good health. However, six per cent of residents described their health as bad or very bad, which is above the England average of five per cent.

Overall, Derbyshire had a lower than average percentage of households with dependent children at just three per cent but this varied across the county from five per cent of households in Bolsover to just two per cent of households in the Derbyshire Dales.

Home ownership levels in Derbyshire remained above the national average but less people in Derbyshire owned their own home with a mortgage or loan than in 2001.

Experts believe the decline could be due to the county's higher number of older people reaching the age where they own their homes outright.

Property figures also show the number of householders living in private rented accommodation in Derbyshire increased considerably from seven per cent in 2001 to 12 per cent in 2011, although the figure remained well below the national average.

The proportion of households with no access to a car or van declined over the decade whereas the proportion with two or more cars has risen, a similar pattern to the national picture.

Part-time employment in the county increased by more than four per cent as the levels of full-time employment decreased while qualification levels of Derbyshire's population have greatly improved over the last decade with the proportion of people qualified to degree level or above having increased by eight per cent to 24 per cent.

However, this is below the national average of 27% and more than a quarter of the county's population have no qualifications, which is slightly higher than the England average of 23 per cent.

Over the last 10 years the occupational structure of Derbyshire's population has improved, suggesting there is a greater demand for higher level skills in the county. The percentage of residents working in professional occupations has increased by five per cent and the proportion working in manual jobs has reduced by four per cent.

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