Liverpool’s Population is changing and becoming more diverse

In reading the draft Local Plan from Liverpool City Council, there are some extracts which shed light on Liverpool’s changing population.

In planning for Liverpool’s future, it is important to understand the needs of its current and future population. Since 2000 Liverpool began to see its population increasing, with an increase of over 6% between 2001 and 2011 reflected in part by the recovery in the local economy during that period. Liverpool’s population is a young one, reflecting the popularity of the City among students and young professionals. 45.4% of the population are in the 16-44 age group compared with 23.9% nationally. Only 1 in 7 Liverpool residents are pensioners which is lower than the England and Wales average.

Over the last ten years, Liverpool’s BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) population has increased at a significantly faster rate than seen nationally (110.5% and 77.5% respectively). The City’s White British and Irish population has decreased at a slightly greater rate than that seen nationally (-1.7% and -1.1% respectively).

In Liverpool, the scale of the deprivation faced in parts of the City manifests itself in social factors including significant health inequalities. Poor living, social, economic and environmental circumstances can impact adversely on physical health and mental well-being. The severity of Liverpool’s health deprivation is reflected in the life expectancies for people in Liverpool. Life expectancy for males is 76.2 whilst for females it is 80.5. However, whilst there have been improvements, life expectancy is 10.3 years lower for men and 9 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Liverpool than in the least deprived area.