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Ethnicity Statistics

Ethnicity Statistics

The 2011 Census saw up to date accurate ethnicity statistics for the county, districts and smaller areas released for the first time since the previous census in 2001. So far only total population by ethnic group has been released. Details are available from the link below. When ONS release details of ethnicity split by age group that will be made available on the website too.

Ethnicity Statistics - Census 2011 (PDF 42 KB)

The population of ethnic minorities is relatively small in Worcestershire. In 2011 just over 92% of persons in Worcestershire are classed as White British compared to almost 80% in the whole of England.

The statistics show that BME persons (Black and Minority Ethnic - i.e those not of White British origin) have rose from around 24,700 (4.6%) in 2001 to around 43,200 (7.6%) in 2011, with populations of BME in 2011 varying from 12.6% in Redditch, 10.9% in Worcester City, to around 5% in the districts of Malvern Hills and Wyre Forest.

In 2011 the largest ethnic minority in Worcestershire were among the White Other (i.e. White but originating from outside Great Britain and Ireland) has also risen, from 6,900 in 2001 to 14,500 in 2011. Within the White Other category, over 3,000 live in Redditch, Worcester City, and Wychavon.

The Indian and Pakistani populations are also relatively prevalent in comparison to other ethnic groups in the County. The Pakistani population is estimated at around 5,000 in 2011, up from around 3,000 in 2001. The Pakistani population is highest in Redditch (2,600), and Worcester City (1,900).

The Indian population has risen from around 1,800 in 2001 to 3,600 in 2011. Around 1,100 of persons of Indian origin are resident in Bromsgrove, with around 800 in Worcester City and 700 in Redditch.


Since January 2008, ONS have also published "experimental" ethnicity statistics for each Local Authority in England. The most recently released figures are for the year mid-2009 and were released in May 2011. The ethnicity stats for 2001-09 are available for Worcestershire and the districts here.

Details of the previous years can be found using the links below. However it is noted that data is not as accurate as that in the 2011 Census, which is why there are discrepancies between the mid-year figures and the 2011 Census, and the estimates are based on the old mid-year estimates rather than the figures that were revised in light of the 2011 Census. It is also noted that the ethnic groups changed in the 2011 Census. No data was released for mid-2010.

Please note that these are experimental statistics. This means they are still in the testing phase and are not as rigorous as official ONS releases, and should be treated with caution. They are however fully consistent with the originally published mid-year population estimates for the corresponding year.

For a detailed description of experimental statistics please go to:

Note - figures may not add exactly due to rounding.

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This page was last reviewed 31 January 2014 at 12:29.
The page is next due for review 30 July 2015.