outside marriage in the UK (50.5 per cent) and Northern Ireland the
lowest (31.8 per cent). These and a range of other key statistics for
population, births, deaths and migration in 2000 for the whole of the
This information is the latest to be analysed down to the level of
local government and health areas in England and Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland in a convenient single volume. Other key findings
- The resident population of the United Kingdom was just under
59.8 million, England and Wales 52.9 million, Scotland 5.1 million
and Northern Ireland 1.7 million. Of Government Office Regions in
England, the South East continued to be the most populous region,
with just over 8.1 million people.
- Within England, London had the highest estimated net inflow of
population (52,000) followed by the South East (48,000). The West
Midlands was estimated to have experienced the largest net loss due
to migration (-7,500), followed by the North East (-2,500). Wales
showed a net gain (11,800), Northern Ireland showed a net loss
(-2,900), and Scotland a small net loss (-500).
- Allowing for the age structure of the population, at national
level, Northern Ireland had the highest fertility rate (an average
of 1.74 births per woman), while Scotland had the lowest (1.47
births per woman). Within England and Wales, London had the highest
rate (1.72 births per woman), and the North East the lowest (1.57).
* Key population & vital statistics 2000 Series VS no 27 PP1 no 23