Population Structure

An understanding of the size and structure of Dudley Borough's population is key to planning current and future services, measuring the health of local people and identifying health inequalities.  Estimates of the resident mid-year population by age and sex are produced every year by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  They are published at the end of June a year in arrears, so the 2017 mid-year estimates were published in June 2018.  The two main contributors to population change are natural change, which is the number of births minus deaths, and net migration, which is the difference between long-terms moves into and out of the United Kingdom or local areas.

Dudley Borough Population

• The Dudley Borough population has grown from an estimated 305,200 in 1997 to 319,400 in 2017

• The population under 25 was a similar size in both years

• The population aged 25 to 44 has decreased by 8.8%

• The population aged 45 and over has increased by 17.8%

• The population aged 80 and over has increased by 54.7%

Resident Population, 1997 and 2017

Dudley Borough compared to England

• The percentage of Dudley's population aged under 20 is the same as for England at 23.7%

• Between the ages of 20 and 44 Dudley has a smaller proportion of the population in every 5 year age band compared to England

• Between age 60 and 84 Dudley has a greater proportion of the population in every 5 year age band compared to England

• From age 85 the proportion of males and females for Dudley and England is almost identical

Resident Population Structure Compared to England, 2017