Between mid-2016 and mid-2017 the size of the population grew by 1.1% – the highest amount in the Yorkshire and Humber region and the largest annual growth seen in at least the last 25 years. The population change in Wakefield District was characterised by there being 719 more births than deaths; 2,328 more people arriving in … 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"


Headlines Each year there are around 4,000 births to Wakefield mums. The birth rate in Wakefield (64.5 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-2016 population estimate for Wakefield District is 337,094 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

Compared to the national average the Wakefield is behind the national average levels for both genders. Historically there has been a gulf between males and females in the area, which continues to the present. in the most recently available information, male life expectancy for Wakefield is 78 years. Female Life expectancy is 82 years, this … Continue reading "Life Expectancy"