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Mid year estimates of the population

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  • Release date: 26 June 2013
  • Period covered: June 2011 to June 2012
An annual report on population estimates by local authority.

Key points

  • As at 30 June 2012 the population estimate for Wales was around 3,074,100, an increase of around 10,300 or 0.3 per cent since mid-2011.
  • Between mid-2011 and mid-2012 the population aged 65 and over increased by over 19,000 (or 3 per cent) whilst the working age population decreased by nearly 10,000 (or 0.5 per cent).
  • The largest five-year age groups in Wales are the 20-24, 40-44, 45-49 and 50-54 age bands.
  • Most local authorities in Wales saw an increase in population between mid-2011 and mid-2012 although increases were less than 1 percentage point.


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