Diversity Facts

Milton Keynes is a diverse Borough - these are some of the diversity headlines, for more details follow the links.
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The 2011 Census, conducted by the Office for National Statistics, provides information on the size of the population. Further information can be found on the MK Insight website. A more detailed discussion of diversity and what it means see the JSNA People page of the JSNA

Key Points

  • Milton Keynes has a very high population growth rate. The population grew by 36,100 people between 2001 and 2011. This is a 17% increase, the 7th fastest of all local authorities in England. The 2013 population estimate for Milton Keynes is 255,700.
  • Milton Keynes has a younger age profile than England as a whole. It has a larger proportion of the population in the younger age groups; 22.3% are aged under 16 compared with 18.9% in England. It has a smaller proportion in the older age groups; just 11.1% of the Milton Keynes population are aged over 65 compared with 16.3% in England.
  • The age structure of the population in Milton Keynes has changed since 2001. The highest growth rates between 2001 and 2011 occurred in the 0-4 and 55+ year old age groups. This has led to an overall aging of the population; the average age has increased from 34 in 2001 to 35 in 2011.
  • 26.1% of the Milton Keynes population are from a black and minority ethnic group. This compares to 13.2% in 2001 and 20.2% for England as a whole. 
  • The black and minority ethnic groups that have grown the most between 2001 and 2011 are Black African (1.3% of the population in 2001 to 5.2% in 2011) and White Other (2.5% of the population in 2001 to 5.1% in 2011).
  • The number of Milton Keynes residents born outside of the UK more than doubled from 20,500 (9.9%) of the population in 2001 to 46,100 (18.5%) in 2011. This is significantly higher than England as a whole (13.8%). 6,200 residents in Milton Keynes were born in EU accession countries, accounting for 2.5% of the population compared with 2.0% in England as a whole.


Last Updated: 30 November 2017