Wiltshire and Community Area Population Estimates and Projections 2001 to 2026: Trend-based
This document provides estimates of population in Wiltshire Unitary Authority and community areas of Wiltshire for 2001 and 2009. It also provides projections of these same elements for individual years from 2010 to 2016, 2021 and 2026. Figures are given for both key variables including age structures as well as components of change. The projections presented in this document are “trend-based”.
Wiltshire County, at mid-year 2010, had a projected total population of 458,890 people. The county's population is set to grow by 51,410 persons over the next 16 years to 2026, a projected increase of just over 11%. Low birth and death rates have continued in Wiltshire County and these low rates are projected to remain roughly equal and constant.
Wiltshire is a predominantly rural county with an average population density of 141 persons per square kilometre. Chippenham is Wiltshire’s most populous community area while Mere is Wiltshire’s least populous community area. The community area with the highest population density is Salisbury, where the community area is largely synonymous with the urban area, with 2,145 persons per square kilometre. For the rest of Wiltshire the highest, but more modest, population densities are found in the north and west community areas of Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Chippenham, Melksham, Corsham and Westbury. Salisbury apart, the southern area of the county has generally lower population densities, with the community areas of Mere, Pewsey, Wilton and Tisbury all having fewer than 55 persons per square kilometre.
There is a similar geographical split across Wiltshire for the difference between the percentage of the total population that are under 16 years of age, and the percentage of the population that are of retirement age. Community areas in the southern part of Wiltshire, excluding Salisbury, generally have a significantly 'older' age structure compared to community areas in the northern and western parts of the county.
The Wiltshire and Community Area Population Estimates and Projections 2001 to 2026: Trend-based report, as well as separate Excel files containing the population data tables for each area, can be accessed below.
Population estimates and projections for Wiltshire parishes from 2001 to 2011 (created in 2006) can be accessed below. If you require community area information then please use figures from the above report and excel files. A revised parish population dataset is currently being produced and will be available soon.