The mid-2020 population estimate for Wakefield District is 351,592 people. This represents a 0.9% increase on the previous year, the second highest annual growth in the region after Selby (up 1.2%). Selby, like Wakefield, continues to see relatively high house building rates. The number of births in the year to mid-2020 was similar to previous … Continue reading "Migration"


Wakefield District has a relatively small but growing ethnic minority population. In 2001, 3.3% of the population defined their ethnicity as other than White British; by the 2011 Census this proportion had increased to 7.2%. The largest minority group is now ‘Other White’, while the largest group born outside the UK are people born in … Continue reading "Ethnicity"


Mortality rates are often calculated by aggregated three years’ worth of data, due to the small numbers involved. The information on this page is shown as aggregated data for 2014-2016, unless otherwise stated. Headlines Across the district there are around 3,300 deaths each year, roughly equating to 1% of the population of 337,000 residents of … Continue reading "Deaths"


Headlines Each year there are around 4,000 births to Wakefield mums. The birth rate in Wakefield (65.9 per 1,000 women aged 15-44) is higher than the England average (62.5 per 1,000 women aged 15-44), however the trend in Wakefield is in line with national and regional trends. Birth rates are highest in the more deprived … Continue reading "Births"

Resident Population

The revised mid-2018 population estimate for Wakefield District is 345,083 people. As is typical nationally, the Wakefield District age profile shows the effect of baby-boom years of the 1950s and 1960s and greater numbers of women in older age than men. Overall numbers are projected to keep on increasing, albeit more slowly than elsewhere in … Continue reading "Resident Population"

Registered Population

The Wakefield registered population is made up of people who are registered to a GP Practice that is part of the Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Patients can chose to register with any GP Practice that accepts them, and as a result patients don’t have to live within the Wakefield District boundary to be registered … Continue reading "Registered Population"

Life Expectancy

Headlines Life expectancy has decreased slightly for both males and females from 2016-18 to 2017-19. It was at its highest in 2014-16. There are 7.691 years difference between female life expectancy in the most deprived decile and least deprived decile and 8.242 years between the same for males (2017-19). Wakefield East is the ward with … Continue reading "Life Expectancy"