Cornwalls population – it just keeps going up!

The latest mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics give a total population of 553,687 in 2016. This was up by 4,283 on the 2015 total of 549,404.

What was the cause of the population increase?
As expected deaths (6,094) continued to exceed births (5,377) a net loss of 717.

The increase was due to more people moving to Cornwall than leaving. 21,364 people moved in and 16,478 moved out, a net increase of 4,886. [International inflows and outflows were basically stable]

And why do people move to Cornwall?
There are a whole range of factors but the significant ones are – building more houses (which are then advertised to potential purchasers outside Cornwall); the portrayal of Cornwall as a rural, tranquil idyll to which people can escape; a tourist industry which gives people a (distorted) view of Cornwall; and the creation of jobs which encourage people to move to Cornwall rather than meeting local needs.


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