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At-a-glance
218,348 people born abroad were living in the South West in 2001, according to the Census - 4.43% of the population.

34% more people born abroad lived in the region in 2001 than in 1991 one of the fastest rates of change.

149% more people born abroad now live in the Stoke Gifford area of Bristol than in 1991 representing 5% of the local population.

737 people born abroad living in Keynsham is the smallest number in the region.


South-west England is one of the regions that has experienced the most change in immigration terms in recent years although it ranks eighth out of 11 in terms of absolute numbers.

By virtue of Wiltshire's association with the Army, the picture is complex because a lot of those born abroad are children born in Germany to British services families.

Beyond that, only a handful of local areas have populations born abroad above the national average of 7.53%.

The greatest rates of change have been seen in Bristol, Exeter and Cheltenham. Although the numbers are relatively small compared to other areas of the country, in local terms the changes would have been more noticeable.

People living in the South West
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
All people 4,609,181 4,928,597 6.93 100 100 0
Born outside British Isles 162,744 218,348 34.17 3.53 4.43 0.90

Top 10 places of birth outside British Isles
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Country 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Germany 24,318 30,214 24.25 0.53 0.61 0.08
India 12,832 14,107 9.94 0.28 0.29 0.01
South Africa 6,545 11,381 73.89 0.14 0.23 0.09
USA 8,090 10,253 26.74 0.18 0.21 0.03
Non-EU states in W Europe n/a 8,299 n/a n/a 0.17 n/a
Caribbean 8,382 8,212 -2.03 0.18 0.17 -0.01
Australia 6,438 8,070 25.35 0.14 0.16 0.02
Hong Kong 5,181 7,680 48.23 0.11 0.16 0.05
Other South & E Africa n/a 7,098 n/a n/a 0.14 n/a
Canada 6,432 6,957 8.16 0.14 0.14 0.00

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People born outside British Isles area by area
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Avonmouth 2,258 3,713 64.44 3.60 5.64 2.04
Bath E 2,634 4,051 53.80 6.55 9.52 2.97
Bath W 2,349 3,409 45.13 5.11 7.02 1.91
Bedminster 1,488 2,164 45.43 3.31 4.98 1.67
Bournemouth B'combe 2,134 3,291 54.22 5.19 7.47 2.28
Bournemouth Central 2,686 3,994 48.70 7.68 11.49 3.81
Bournemouth Kinson 1,177 1,360 15.55 3.01 3.55 0.54
Bournemouth Moord'n 1,523 2,974 95.27 4.22 6.42 2.20
Bridgwater Rural 753 877 16.47 2.76 2.81 0.05
Bridgwater Urban 1,206 1,555 28.94 1.96 2.35 0.39
Brislington 1,120 1,351 20.63 2.36 3.04 0.68
Camborne 1,403 1,546 10.19 2.37 2.50 0.13
Cheddar 870 1,083 24.48 2.41 2.73 0.32
Cheltenham N 2,894 3,216 11.13 5.25 6.32 1.07
Cheltenham S 1,477 2,991 102.51 4.63 6.26 1.63
Chippenham 2,167 2,744 26.63 4.75 5.15 0.40
Chipping Sodbury E 1,726 2,203 27.64 2.64 3.43 0.79
Chipping Sodbury W 797 909 14.05 2.49 2.64 0.15
Christchurch NW 1,559 1,784 14.43 3.93 4.10 0.17
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Christchurch SE 1,323 1,654 25.02 3.24 3.69 0.45
Clevedon 1,215 1,470 20.99 2.57 3.08 0.51
Clifton 2,838 5,732 101.97 6.83 11.43 4.60
Cotswold North E 2,364 2,440 3.21 5.89 5.52 -0.37
Cotswold South W 1,479 1,900 28.47 3.58 4.26 0.68
Devizes Rural 2,811 3,570 27.00 5.65 6.44 0.79
Devizes Urban 1,981 2,492 25.80 3.95 4.59 0.64
East Devon Rural 1,204 1,371 13.87 3.01 3.34 0.33
Eastville 3,717 5,053 35.94 8.29 11.73 3.44
Exeter E 1,984 2,440 22.98 3.54 4.37 0.83
Exeter W 1,777 3,624 103.94 4.23 6.55 2.32
Exmouth 1,404 1,586 12.96 3.34 3.50 0.16
Falmouth 884 1,141 29.07 2.89 3.50 0.61
Forest of Dean Rural 742 1,136 53.10 2.46 3.37 0.91
Forest of Dean Urban 764 936 22.51 1.54 1.85 0.31
Frome 1,152 1,717 49.05 2.68 3.81 1.13
Glastonbury 1,555 2,446 57.30 2.95 4.16 1.21
Gloucester E 3,376 4,091 21.18 5.94 6.92 0.98
Gloucester W 1,648 2,280 38.35 3.68 4.49 0.81
Helston 740 818 10.54 2.61 2.67 0.06
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Hengrove 997 1,526 53.06 1.73 2.72 0.99
Honiton 938 1,379 47.01 2.77 3.52 0.75
Ivybridge 1,097 1,346 22.70 3.22 3.64 0.42
Keynsham 629 737 17.17 2.15 2.45 0.30
Kingswood E 1,003 1,490 48.55 1.91 2.51 0.60
Kingswood W 1,264 1,946 53.96 2.51 3.80 1.29
Mid Dorset 936 1,063 13.57 3.07 3.35 0.28
Newquay 929 1,274 37.14 3.39 4.12 0.73
North Cornwall Rural 1,645 2,178 32.40 2.30 2.79 0.49
North Devon Rural 883 1,141 29.22 2.31 3.23 0.92
North Devon Urban 1,253 1,558 24.34 2.44 2.66 0.22
North East Dorset 893 1,135 27.10 3.06 3.76 0.70
North West Dorset 2,108 3,340 58.44 4.05 5.39 1.34
Norton-Radstock 1,042 1,798 72.55 1.99 3.09 1.10
Paignton 1,083 1,315 21.42 2.62 3.10 0.48
Penzance 1,717 2,063 20.15 2.80 3.16 0.36
Plymouth NE 1,476 1,565 6.03 3.49 3.15 -0.34
Plymouth NW 1,332 1,385 3.98 2.17 2.55 0.38
Plymouth Peverell 1,734 2,717 56.69 3.92 5.99 2.07
Plymouth Waterfront 1,479 1,867 26.23 3.40 4.90 1.50
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Plympton 1,505 1,549 2.92 2.89 2.91 0.02
Poole Branksome 1,775 2,441 37.52 4.69 6.06 1.37
Poole N 1,624 2,076 27.83 3.05 3.72 0.67
Poole Town 1,333 1,668 25.13 3.18 3.95 0.77
Portishead 1,118 1,597 42.84 2.78 3.63 0.85
Redland 5,707 7,086 24.16 10.43 13.00 2.57
Salisbury Rural 3,427 3,831 11.79 6.11 6.44 0.33
Salisbury Urban 2,104 2,831 34.55 4.77 5.79 1.02
Somerton 1,711 2,402 40.39 3.36 4.31 0.95
St. Austell 814 1,063 30.59 1.87 2.23 0.36
St. Blazey 1,008 1,264 25.40 2.28 2.70 0.42
Stoke Gifford 982 2,449 149.39 2.95 4.99 2.04
Stroud Rural 1,478 1,900 28.55 3.15 3.82 0.67
Stroud Urban 1,595 1,869 17.18 3.24 3.75 0.51
Swanage 1,265 1,572 24.27 5.10 5.99 0.89
Swindon N 1,651 2,853 72.80 3.35 4.99 1.64
Swindon Rural 888 1,096 23.42 3.62 4.55 0.93
Swindon SE 3,653 4,600 25.92 6.88 8.79 1.91
Swindon W 2,385 3,217 34.88 5.43 6.92 1.49
Taunton Rural 1,229 1,630 32.63 2.99 3.51 0.52
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Taunton Urban 1,853 2,634 42.15 3.25 4.41 1.16
Teignbridge Rural 1,271 1,640 29.03 2.95 3.24 0.29
Teignbridge Urban 1,538 1,951 26.85 2.81 3.44 0.63
Tewkesbury NE 1,744 2,224 27.52 3.33 3.84 0.51
Tewkesbury SW 1,152 1,033 -10.33 3.84 4.05 0.21
Tiverton 1,472 1,907 29.55 2.47 3.01 0.54
Torpoint 1,305 1,525 16.86 2.60 2.93 0.33
Torquay 1,651 1,980 19.93 3.33 3.74 0.41
Torridge 1,131 1,635 44.56 2.17 2.77 0.60
Totnes E 710 889 25.21 2.48 2.58 0.10
Totnes W 1,985 2,553 28.61 3.46 4.14 0.68
Trowbridge 1,865 2,528 35.55 4.03 4.79 0.76
Truro 1,421 2,022 42.29 2.73 3.66 0.93
Warminster 2,264 2,747 21.33 4.62 5.23 0.61
West Devon 1,246 1,564 25.52 2.94 3.43 0.49
West Dorset Rural 1,245 1,381 10.92 3.50 3.89 0.39
West Dorset Urban 1,449 2,394 65.22 3.09 4.48 1.39
Weston-S-Mare Inland 1,149 1,624 41.34 2.74 3.03 0.29
Weston-S-Mare Town 1,364 1,446 6.01 2.84 3.33 0.49
Weymouth 1,758 2,189 24.52 2.87 3.44 0.57
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area
1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Wootton Bassett 2,082 2,748 31.99 3.97 4.87 0.90
Yeovil Rural 1,093 1,334 22.05 2.44 2.78 0.34
Yeovil Urban 1,127 1,471 30.52 2.45 3.10 0.65
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