Last updated: 30/10/2013
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Cornwall’s total population is 532,300 (2011
Census), see 2011 Census
at a Glance for details.
The population of Cornwall is not only gradually increasing but
also changing demographically.
In line with national trends, Cornwall's population is getting
older as average life expectancy continues to rise. This has
been bolstered by the cumulative effect of working age net
migration over the last 30 years.
Historically Cornwall has experienced high levels of outward
migration of those between the ages of 16-29. However, the
expansion in the higher education infrastructure and better
employment prospects has led to reductions of younger people
leaving Cornwall. These trends are neither fixed or
guaranteed and are fragile.
The graph below shows the age structure of Cornwall's population
(solid bars), compared to England and Wales (outlined bars).
Download the original version.
As the graph below shows, Cornwall's population has been growing
steadily since the 1960s; it has consistently grown quicker than
the rest of the South West region, and is amongst the fastest
growing areas in the UK (download original image).
Evidence Base for Cornwall (Note: archive September 2011)
presents trends in Cornwall's demographics, including migration,
life expectancy, births and deaths.
Main official sources of data: