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Wirral Population

  • The current population of Wirral is 322,796.

  • Wirral has a higher proportion of older people and a lower proportion of working age people compared to England.

  • The population of Wirral is projected to increase by 1.6% overall by 2039 according to the Office for National Statistics, from 323,200 to 328,500.

  • This small overall increase hides large variation by age, with the population of children and young people decreasing by -7.2% for example, while the population of older people aged 90+ is projected to increase by 103%.

  • This has profound implications for statutory services, given that older people are the largest users of health and social care.

  • There were 3,242 births in Wirral in 2018. This was the lowest number of births for over 40 years.

  • Both the number and rate of births reduced in Wirral for each of the last three years (mirroring the national trend).

  • Births may start to rise again in around 2025-27 if past birth patterns persist.

  • In 2015-17, Life Expectancy at birth in Wirral was 78.3 for males and 81.8 for females; a slight increase on 2014-16.

  • Over the last two decades, life expectancy at birth has increased by 5.2 years for men in Wirral and 2.8 years for women (meaning the gap between men and women is narrowing) but remains lower than England for both genders.

  • Life expectancy varies considerably in Wirral; ranging from 72 in Rock Ferry to 84 in Heswall, a difference of 12 years for men.

  • There was also a difference for females; life expectancy ranged from 78 in Rock Ferry and Birkenhead to 87 in Heswall, a difference of 9 years

  • Healthy Life Expectancy (HLEx) data shows that people in Wirral spend around three-quarters of their life in good health; this is lower than in England.

  • The Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population of Wirral is made up 5.0% (n=16,101) of the population of Wirral in 2011 compared to 3.5% (n=10,900) in 2001.

  • After ‘White’, the next largest (main) grouping in Wirral was ‘Asian/Asian British’ (1.6% of the population). The largest sub-groups within the main groupings were ‘Other White’ (1.2%), ‘White Irish’ (0.8%) and ‘Asian Chinese’ (0.5%).

  • The largest number of Black and Minority Ethnic group people in Wirral lived in Birkenhead & Tranmere ward according to the 2011 Census.

  • There are an estimated 5,000-5,250 people in Wirral who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual LGB) with a further 50 people estimated to be transgender.

  • Overall, one in five (22%) of the population reported that their day-to-day activities were limited in some way by an illness or disability in the Census, but this hides large variations by age (from just 7% in those aged <35 to 83% of those aged 85+).

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Wirral Compendium of Statistics

Background to local population data

This section summarises some key demographic information about Wirral including current population figures, future population projections, births, age, ethnicity and deprivation.

The availability of this information is important for those planning services and trying to reduce potential barriers to employment and health care for example. 

By providing information on aspects such as: trends in birth and fertility rates; maternities, live and stillbirth rates; life expectancy at birth and a range of resident population data by age band, gender, council ward, GP population and ethnicity then offers the reader a whole host of ways to view and understand the local Wirral population. 

Another example of available population information is the latest 2021 Mosaic Profile of Wirral  that provides an overview of how the Wirral population looks when analysed using segmentation tools constructed from a range of sources including the Census, consumer behaviour, financial data, hospital episode statistics (HES) and lifestyle data. 

Using Mosaic means that information can be targeted just where it is needed. For example, information on how you can reduce your risk of falling as you age is not appropriate for peoples in their 20's, but it may be of interest to people in their 70's and 80's.

Targeting messages more effectively and ensuring that the right message is read by the right people is also cost-effective, as resources are not wasted informing everybody about issues which may not affect them.