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16/07/2012 13:09 BST

Census 2011: The Places Where Population Is Booming.. And Declining

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The areas that saw the largest growth were the boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham in London,

England and Wales has reached a record 56.1m population, according to Monday's Census 2011.

The figures show a 7% increase over the last 10 years, but the rise in people is not spread evenly - with one borough recording a huge growth spurt of 26%, and others recording a decline in population.

The largest increase in population was in the capital, which grew by 12%, gaining more than 850,000 inhabitants and taking its total population to more than eight million.

That includes the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, which has grown 26.4% in 10 years, and Newham, which has grown 23.5% since 2011.

Manchester also saw a population surge of 19%

The areas that saw the smallest growth included Barrow-in-Furness in the North West which has declined by 4% since 2001. Knowsley, Sefton, Sunderland and South Tyneside also saw declines in population, as well as the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The fastest growing areas

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The areas with the highest decline in population

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