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  • Mid-year population estimates for 2010 show the West Midlands Metropolitan area had a population of 2.6 million. This was 16,400 more compared with 2009 and an increase of 0.6%.
  • The largest percentage increases were 0.9% in Coventry and 0.8% in Birmingham.
  • Population density remains highest in Birmingham, with 38.8 people per hectare and lowest in Solihull with 11.6 people per hectare.


Population Projections
  • The West Midlands Metropolitan area population is projected to increase by 564,700 (21.2%) during the period 2010 to 2035.
  • In common with the UK and most other countries, the West Midlands has an ageing population. The proportion of people aged over 60 is projected to increase from 20.5% in 2010 to 22.7% by 2035.
  • The younger population, with the proportion of people aged 0 to 19, is projected to stay at 26% from 2010 to 2035.
  • By comparison, the proportion of people between the ages 20 to 59 is expected to fall from 53.3% to 51.2% in 2035.
  • The population projection chart shows the estimated trend in the West Midlands population from 2010 to 2035.

Source: Centro Annual Statistical Report 2012