Population Groups


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 3,806 deaths (all ages, all causes) across Wakefield District in 2022, including 184 deaths involving COVID-19. With the exception of colorectal cancer, the three-year premature mortality rates are higher than the England averages for most leading disease types. There were 48 infant deaths in the period 2020-2022, and the infant mortality rate … 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"

Children’s Vulnerable Groups

Children’s Vulnerable Groups

Life Expectancy

Headlines Male life expectancy at birth is 77.0 years and female life expectancy at birth is 80.9 years (2020-22). The long-term small year-on-year increases in life expectancy came to a stop around 2012-14. They then stayed fairly constant for a few years and have declined more recently, reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on numbers of … 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"

Unpaid Carers

Published: February 2024 Unpaid carers provide critical support for people with health and social care needs. The support provided by carers is often physically and emotionally demanding, with consequences for carers’ own health and wellbeing. Headlines 10.9% of the Wakefield population (aged 16+) are unpaid carers (Census 2021). The percentage of people providing unpaid care … Continue reading "Unpaid Carers"

Migrant Health Needs Assessment

Introduction Meeting the health and wellbeing needs of migrants in the UK is becoming increasingly important due to the multifaceted factors influencing the delivery of services e.g. UK migrant health policy, UK migration policy, conflict and human rights violations amongst others. Over the last 10 years, the number of people coming from other countries for … Continue reading "Migrant Health Needs Assessment"