Portsmouth is ‘most densely populated’ in England and Wales

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PORTSMOUTH is the most densely populated region in England and Wales outisde of London, new figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics released the first figures from its 2011 census, compiled at the ONS’ head office in Segensworth.

They showed there are 5,082 people per square kilometre in the city, which means 51 people share a space the size of a rugby pitch.

Chichester, conversely, is the least densely populated place in the South East, with 145 people per square kilometre.

Jil matheson, national statistician, said: ‘These statistics will provide valuable information for planners, policy-makers and the public for years to come.’

All local authority areas in the South East grew in population size.

Portsmouth grew 9.1 per cent, from 188,000 in 2001 - the last time the census was carried out - to 205,100 in 2011.

Havant’s population grew by 3.3 per cent, from 116,900 to 120,700.

The increase for east Hampshire was 5.7 per cent, from 109,400 to 115,600.

Fareham’s population increased by 3.3 per cent, from 108,200 to 111,600.

And Gosport’s population increased by 7.7 per cent, from 76,700 in 2001 to 82,600 last year.

As a whole, the population in the South East is 8.6 million, an increase of eight per cent from 2001.

It remains the region with the largest population in England and Wales.

Glen Watson, the census director who is based at the ONS’ Segensworth head quarters, said: ‘The whole operation has worked well. We’ve had fantastic support from the public, and also from voluntary groups, community groups and local authorities throughout England and Wales.

‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, including the 35,000 people who worked on the data collection and helped make the census a success.’