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Featured - Population in Dorset

Recently released 2017 Mid-Year Estimates show that the current population of Dorset is estimated to be 424,670; an increase of 1,740 since 2016, with those aged 65+ increasing in particular. Visit the Area Profiles section to discover key statistics for your area. An Our Communities Bulletin providing more information about the new estimates will be released shortly.

The DCC State of Dorset report was released in April 2018 giving an outline of the current socio-economic, demographic and environmental context in Dorset today. Visit the Reports section to view it.

In March we updated the Area Profiles section. We have added several new statistics to the towns, wards and parishes sections, so if you would like to know more about the types of dwellings in an area, the proportion of people providing unpaid care or the birth rate, to name a few topics, visit the Area Profiles section. We are currently in the process of adding an Archive section so that superseded datasets can be downloaded, if required.

Recently released claimant count data shows that there are 3,500 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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