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Population and Statistics

Understanding the needs of Newport

One Newport Local Service Board (LSB) has undertaken its second Unified Needs Assessment (UNA) which summarises the key issues facing the people of Newport and includes information about the city and people, public opinion, background information and baseline data which will be used to identify future priorities.

See a copy of the full UNA on the One Newport website.


In 2010, the population of Newport was estimated at 141,306 with 51.3% female and 48.7% male.

(Source: Office of National Statistics (ONS), 2010 mid year population estimates).

Newport has an ageing population and increased life expectancy and overseas immigration has resulted in moderate population growth which is likely to continue in the foreseeable future.

At the last Census in 2001, the population of Newport was made up of 95.2% of people from a white background and 4.8% of people from a non-white background.

Newport has the second largest number of people from a non-white background of the Welsh councils after Cardiff.

The number of people from a non-white background in Newport has continued to increase with an estimated 9,200 people from a minority ethnic background in the city in 2009 (around 6.6% of the population) (Source: Annual Population Survey, 2009).

Most recent figures show that 11.2% of the population are unpaid carers and 14.8% of carers are not in good health (Source: 2001 Census).

Data from the 2001 Census shows there were a total of 135 people employed in the armed forces either living in households or communal establishments. This compares to a total of 5,272 people in Wales.

The rate of turnover for asylum seekers in Newport has changed from 30% in 2010 to approximately 90% in 2011 (Source: Home Office).

There is little reliable data on the size of the gypsy and traveller population in the UK.

However, a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment has been carried out for Newport, and found a need for 29 residential and 7 transit pitches to be developed in the city.

Wealth and deprivation

Newport is ranked as the fourth most deprived local authority in Wales, with 16% of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in the most deprived 10% in Wales.

Newport has 56% of its LSOAs in the most deprived 50% in Wales.

In general, the valleys and urban local authorities tend to be more deprived than those which are largely rural (Source: Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation 2011).


Newport forms the gateway between Wales and England and is the economic motor for the south east Wales region, covering a geographical area of just over 73.5 square miles.

Newport is a vibrant, forward-thinking city steeped in a rich industrial heritage

After losing some of its core industries, the city is successfully proving that it can re-establish and adapt itself as a centre of modern industry and commerce, providing jobs and opportunities for local people, the communities along the M4 corridor and the eastern valleys.

Newport is undergoing major changes with many parts of the city being redeveloped to create a better environment for people to live, work and visit.

Newport has a distinctive role as a city and the aim is to revive the city centre and the surrounding districts to make it a more sustainable city where people can live closer to places where they work and shop and are encouraged to use public transport.

Newport has a key regional role within south east Wales and partner agencies are working together to regenerate the city and turn it into a thriving centre for business, leisure and living.

2011 Census

The last census of England and Wales took place Sunday 27 March 2011 and headline results will be published and available from the Office for National Statistics (opens new website).

2001 Census

The headline results of the 2001 Census were released on February 13 2002.

Newport’s population was 137,011, an increase of 3693 since the 1991 Census. The main difference between the age structure of Newport and England & Wales was in the 0 to 15 year age group which was 2.3% higher in Newport. The ethnic minority population in Newport increased from 3.5% to 4.8% between 1991 and 2001.

The percentage of residents with higher degree, NVQ Level 4/5 or professional qualification was 16.8%, slightly lower than the England and Wales figure of 19.7%

A summary of the key statistics currently available for Newport is available on this page and some key indicators for individual wards in Newport can be accessed via the ward map.

A more detailed breakdown is available in the Census 2001 booklet (pdf), produced by the council, which may be printed.

Further information about the results of the 2001 Census is available from the Office of National Statistics website.

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