COVENTRY is the fourth most densely populated area in the West Midlands and it has reaffirmed its reputation as one of the ‘youngest’ cities in England, according to the 2021 census results.
Coventry has seen a 24 per cent rise in the number of 10 to 14-year-olds in the past ten years and a 20 per cent increase in those aged five to nine.
This is considerably higher than the England average of 11 and 13 per cent respectively.
Similarly, nationally, the number of 20 to 24-year-olds has decreased by five per cent but in Coventry it has gone up by three per cent.
The same has happened in the 15 to 19-year-old category where there are now five per cent more citizens than a decade ago (compared to a national average fall of four per cent).
Only 14.6 per cent of Coventry’s population is aged over 65, although this is also an increase of nine per cent in that age group compared to 2011.
There has been an 8.7 per cent jump in the number of people between 15 to 64, with 66.8 per cent of the city now within that age bracket.
The remaining 18.7 per cent are 14 or below – a 9.9 per cent rise in that age group.
Census figures also show on average, there are now 3,501 residents living within a square kilometre in the city, compared to 3,213 people in 2011.
This is significantly higher than the average 434 residents per square kilometre in England in 2021 and equates to around on average in Coventry around 25 people sharing a space the size of a football pitch.
The nation’s average total increase in towns, cities and villages over the past ten years stands at 6.6 per cent, while the West Midlands saw its population rise by 6.2 per cent.
There has also been an increase in the number of households since the last census was released in 2011, with figures jumping from 128,592 to 134,100.
Coventry’s population has risen by 8.9 per cent over the last ten years – the seventh-highest increase in the West Midlands.
The amount of people living in the city has risen to 345,300, compared to 317,000 back in 2011 and Coventry is now the 25th most populated place in England – up one place from ten years ago.
Coventry’s population increase was higher than nearby areas Warwick and North Warwickshire, which saw an increase of 7.9 per cent and 4.8 per cent.
However, it still lagged behind Rugby, which at an increase of around 14.3 per cent, saw the largest spike in population numbers in the West Midlands.
Visit ons.gov.uk/census for more data about Coventry and England overall.