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Featured - Population in Dorset

The current population of Dorset is estimated to be 422,730; an increase of 2,140 since 2015, with those aged 65+ increasing in particular. Visit the Area Profiles section to discover key statistics for your area.

The DCC State of Dorset report was released in March 2017 giving an outline of the current socio- economic, demographic and environmental context in Dorset today. Visit the Reports section to view the report.

Recently released claimant count data shows that there are 2,300 people claiming job seekers allowance or universal credit. Visit the Data section to view the most recently released Dorset statistics.

About the Policy and Research team

The Policy & Research team is responsible for meeting the evidence needs across the County Council, linking this to policy development and providing a better understanding of our communities and residents. Research specialisms in the group include demography, the Dorset economy, the environment, population forecasting and modelling, deprivation, community data, customer insight, national and local government policy, mapping, equalities and diversity, and analysis and support of GIS.

With a wide range of skills and information available, the team are happy to help with any questions that you may have or interpretation required.

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