WALES has dominated a poor health league, new Census results have shown.
Eight of the top 10 local authority areas in the whole of England and Wales in which residents reported suffering very bad health are this side of the border.
Wales also saw the biggest decline in people giving their religion as Christian, compared to English regions. Thirty two per cent of Welsh residents said they had no religion.
Some 66 per cent of residents in Wales gave their national identity as Welsh, while Merthyr Tydfil had the smallest proportion of English residents (4 per cent).
Cardiff had the lowest proportion of white ethnic group (80 per cent), while Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly had the highest.
The Census was taken in March 2011. It found that Wales’ population had increased by five per cent to 3.1 million compared to 2001, as reported previously in the Post.
Around 90 per cent of this growth was due to migration, including people moving to Wales from elsewhere in the UK, as well as international migration.
A total of 93,600 non UK-born residents migrated to Wales between 2001 and 2011.
Other Census stats published today include:
- The number of married couple households decreased more in Wales than England.
- The number of cars and vans in Welsh households increased 20 per cent between 2001 and 2011, from 1.3 to 1.6 million.
- Wales had the highest number of properties owned outright (35 per cent) compared to the regions in England.
- Wales continued to have a higher percentage of people (23 per cent) than England with a long-term illness.
- Wales had a higher proportion of unpaid carers than England.
Guy Goodwin, Office for National Statistics’ director of Census, said: “These statistics paint a picture of society and help us all plan for the future using accurate information at a local level.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg of census statistics. Further rich layers of vital information will be revealed as we publish more detailed data for very local levels over the coming months.”