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Featured - Population in Dorset

The 2018 Mid-Year Estimates show that the current population of Dorset Council is estimated to be 376,480; an increase of 1,430 since 2017. We are in the process of updating the larger geography Area Profiles section which show key statistics for your area. 

The DC State of Dorset report was released in September 2018 giving an outline of the current socio-economic, demographic and environmental context in Dorset today. Visit the Topics Section to view it.

Released in March 2019, the Dorset Council’s local economic assessment page provides a series of bulletins to give an overview of Dorset’s economy and labour market.

Our new dashboard enables you to explore the demographics, service user and socio-economic profiles of Dorset Council’s new ward areas 

While we are updating all reports, bulletins and spreadsheets to reflect the new council, information regarding DCC will remain on the website until it is updated. Please check the geography that any report/spreadsheet is referring to. All superseded datasets can be downloaded from the Archive section if required.


About the Research team

The Research team is responsible for meeting the evidence needs across the 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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