Net internal migration continues to be a prominent component of population change, with around 2,600 more people moving to Wakefield District from elsewhere in the UK in 2022 than leaving. Internationally, 1,250 more people arrived in Wakefield from overseas last year than left, a marked increase on the previous year. In percentage terms, around one-third … Continue reading "Migration"


Headlines In the 2021 Census 88.2% of Wakefield District residents identified as ‘White: British, English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish’ ethnicity. The proportion of the population from an ethnic minority background has increased over time in Wakefield, from 7.2% in the 2011 Census to 11.8% in the 2021 Census. The most commonly reported ethnic minority … Continue reading "Ethnicity"


Headlines There were 3,661 deaths (all ages, all causes) across Wakefield District in 2021, including 344 COVID-19 related deaths. With the exception of colorectal cancer and breast cancer, the three-year premature mortality rates are higher than the England averages for most disease types. The premature mortality rate from breast cancer in actually better than the … Continue reading "Deaths"


Headlines Each year there are around 3,800-4,000 births to Wakefield mums, in 2020 there were 3,844 births. The birth rate in Wakefield for 2020 is 60.1 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44, this is slightly higher than the England average of 55.3 births per 1,000. Birth rates have been decreasing slightly over the last 5 … Continue reading "Births"

Resident Population

Last updated: 24/11/2023. The Office for National Statistics will release sub-district mid-2022 population estimates in Mar/Apr 2024 and new sub-national population projections in early 2025. Mid-2022 population estimate The Office for National Statistics estimate the District’s mid-2022 population was 357,729 people. This represents a 1.1% increase in the size of the population compared to mid-2021. … Continue reading "Resident Population"

Life Expectancy

Headlines Male life expectancy at birth is 77.3 years and female life expectancy at birth is 81.4 years (2018-20). Generally, the long-term small year-on-year increases in life expectancy stopped around 2012-14 and have stayed fairly constant since. However, the inclusion of 2020 COVID-19 mortality data in the latest calculations has led to decreases in life … Continue reading "Life Expectancy"

Gypsy and Traveller Health Needs Assessment

Introduction A Wakefield District Gypsy and Traveller Health Needs Assessment (HNA) was undertaken in 2022, coordinated and produced by Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange, in partnership with Wakefield Council. Nationally, Gypsies and Travellers are known to have the worst outcomes of any ethnic group across areas including education, health, employment, criminal justice and hate crime1.  … Continue reading "Gypsy and Traveller Health Needs Assessment"