The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published revised mid-year population estimates, on 22 March. These replace the previous series of population estimates for mid-2012 through to mid-2016.
Population estimates are produced to give an indication of population size and structure, and how this changes over time.
They are used for service planning, and calculating rates where a population denominator is required, for example for performance or social and economic indicators.
The mid-year estimates were revised to take account of new and improved data on the local impact of migration and adjustments to the methodology.
For Bournemouth and Poole the revised MYE still show a steady increase in the overall population for 2012 to 2016 although this is slightly lower than the previous estimates suggest.
Revised 2016 MYE show around 4,000 (2%) less people in Bournemouth, one of the biggest adjustments across England & Wales. In Poole the difference is more modest at around 800 (0.5%) less people.
These adjustments are concentrated in young adults aged 20-39. This is because higher emigration is the main driver of the revisions for Bournemouth & Poole, and these ages account for the majority of emigrants. In Bournemouth part of the reduction is because of the student population.
Page last updated: 25 April 2019