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The North East region of England had the highest proportion of births ...
The North East region of England had the highest proportion of births

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

United Kingdom are published today* by National Statistics.

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

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