The population grew sharply over the past decade – but the pace varied dramatically in different parts of England and Wales.
Early results from the census carried out last year have given a fascinating insight into the change, with London surging towards Megacity status and older people increasingly dominating.
England and Wales have seen a 6.3 per cent rise since 2011 to 59.6million – slower than the 7.8 recorded in the previous decade.
The East of England was the region that swelled the most, up 8.3 per cent from 5.8million to 6.3million.
The population of London grew by 7.7 per cent in a…