Today we start using extracts from ‘Going west? Housing, migration and population growth in Cornwall’.
This extract points out that contrary to some assertions Cornwall is not some under-populated empty region.
An over-crowded region
Cornwall is part of a relatively highly populated offshore island. If we compare Cornwall with regions across the rest of the European Union, we find that 150 of the 265 Level 2 regions had a lower population density in 2010. If we exclude the former districts of Caradon and North Cornwall, which contain the large upland area of Bodmin Moor, mid and west Cornwall enjoys a population density higher than 175, or 66% of all European level 2 regions. Cornwall is already relatively over-populated compared with the rest of Europe.
Most Cornish towns have doubled in size since 1961. Overall, the population of Cornwall rose by 57% over the last half century. This is a growth rate surpassed only by East Anglia.
You can download Going west Housing, migration and population in Cornwall here: