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Overview
About 2.8m people born in Wales were living in Britain at the 2001 census unsurprisingly 78% of them in Wales itself.

The areas of England with the highest numbers of people born in Wales tend to be closest to the Welsh border - Shropshire, Cheshire and so on.

Some areas of Wales have seen steep decreases in the numbers of Wales-born particularly the heavy industry Valleys which have suffered economically for more than 20 years.

Scotland and the North East have the fewest Wales-born residents in Britain, although both regions have seen increases.

Concentrations of people born in Wales
Concentrations of people born in Wales
Map on right shows country as if areas with roughly equal populations were the same size. So, densely populated London takes up much more space than sparsely populated Scottish Highlands.

At-a-glance
2.8m people born in Wales live in Britain - some 4.93% of the population.

2.36% of the population of south-west England was born in Wales, the highest proportion of any region.

1,437 more Wales-born people live in Wales than in 1991.

2 areas London and Wales itself have seen proportional falls in Wales-born residents.


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Distribution of people born in Wales
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
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1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Whole of Britain 2,747,836 2,815,085 2.45 5.01 4.93 -0.08
 
Wales 2,187,744 2,188,754 0.05 77.17 75.40 -1.77
South West 107,099 116,283 8.58 2.32 2.36 0.04
West Midlands 89,451 92,539 3.45 1.74 1.76 0.02
South East 106,769 116,368 8.99 1.42 1.45 0.03
London 70,525 71,962 2.04 1.06 1.00 -0.06
North West 62,459 73,849 18.24 0.93 1.10 0.17
East of England 46,298 54,555 17.83 0.92 1.01 0.09
East Midlands 30,990 39,604 27.80 0.78 0.95 0.17
Yorks & Humber 23,708 32,811 38.40 0.49 0.66 0.17
North East 8,089 11,737 45.10 0.32 0.47 0.15
Scotland 14,704 16,623 13.05 0.29 0.33 0.04

Areas with highest proportion of Welsh-born
TOTAL NUMBERS AS % OF ALL PEOPLE
Area Nation/region 1991 2001 +/- % 1991 2001 +/- %
Rhondda S Wales 33,806 31,967 -5.44 94.13 94.02 -0.11
Rhondda N Wales 39,705 35,861 -9.68 93.58 93.34 -0.24
Rhymney Wales 34,219 32,306 -5.59 92.95 92.72 -0.23
Ebbw Vale Wales 36,767 35,783 -2.68 92.98 92.53 -0.45
Aberdare S Wales 27,986 27,006 -3.50 91.71 92.33 0.62
Maesteg Wales 36,499 33,275 -8.83 92.80 92.27 -0.53
Merthyr Tydfil Wales 36,948 34,492 -6.65 92.17 92.20 0.03
Brynmawr Wales 30,103 28,730 -4.56 92.04 91.58 -0.46
Aberavon W Wales 37,454 35,267 -5.84 91.40 90.76 -0.64
Blackwood Wales 30,558 30,889 1.08 91.17 90.73 -0.44
 
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