Yorkshire's population up 220,000 in decade

The population in Yorkshire has soared by 220,000 in a decade, putting increasing pressure on the region's housing stock, figures showed yesterday.

While the population increased by four per cent on average across the region, to 5.18m, in many districts it was particularly marked. In Richmondshire, where affordable family houses are scarce, the population grew by 17 per cent between 1997 and 2007, the figures from Halifax Financial Services show.

Twelve local authorities recorded population growth of five per cent or more, including York at 10 per cent and Selby, East Riding and Harrogate at nine per cent. Hull was the only local authority in the region to record a fall in population, declining by two per cent.

Just under one in five local authorities experienced population growth of at least 10 per cent during the decade, and more than half of them were in southern England.

But only four local authorities in northern England saw double digit growth, namely Ribble Valley in Lancashire, Manchester, Richmondshire and York.

Overall, the UK population grew by five per cent between 1997 and 2007, rising by 2.66 million people to give a total population of 60.98 million.