This area provides information on present, future and past population for Dorset and each of its district local authority areas. Information is also provided on the age structures of local populations, the populations of major towns and settlements, the populations for parishes and wards, as well as patterns of migration and the ethnic composition of the local population.
- Key facts on population
This area provides the latest population figures for people of working age, older people, and for children in the Dorset area. Latest available population figures for major towns and settlements in the county are also provided here.
- Current population
The Office for National Statistics provides population figures based on data from the 2011 Census, together with estimates of population on an annual basis, known as "Mid-Year Estimates".
- Future population
This area gives you access to population projections for the Dorset area. The projections are taken from the Office for National Statistics 2010-based population projections for local authority areas.
- Past population
This page presents population figures from the recent past for districts in Dorset from 1996 to the present day from the Registrar General's Mid-Year Population Estimates. Census population figures are also provided from 1971 to the Census in 2001. It also gives access to parish populations from 1921 to 2009.
- Related data sets
This area provides information on the ethnicity and migration. The section on ethnicity summarises Dorset's population by ethnic group while the section on migration provides details on numbers of people moving into and out of the Dorset area.