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Ethnicity

More information about this topic can be found in The Population of Herefordshire report in the resource box at the bottom of the page.  

  • Herefordshire has a relatively small (6.4 per cent in 2011), but growing, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population; compared with 19.5 per cent nationally.

  • People of ‘white: other’ origin (i.e. not British; Irish; Gypsy or Irish Traveller) made up the largest single minority group in the county; 3.9% of the population, of which over half are Polish.

As can be seen from the table below six per cent of the county’s total population in 2011 was of BAME origin, of which people of ‘white: other’ origin (i.e. not British; Irish; Gypsy or Irish Traveller) made up the largest single minority group: 3.9% of the population, and this group grew the most rapidly over the decade due to the eastward expansion of the European Union (EU) in 2004. This proportion was amongst the highest third across all authorities in the country.

  Herefordshire England

Change in Herefordshire 2001-2011

 Number in  2011 % of total pop'n in 2011 % of total pop'n in 2011 Increase in no. in ethnic group % increase in ethnic group
White: English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish, British 171,922 93.70% 80.50% 1,356 1%
White: Irish 709 0.40% 0.90%           5,518^          202%^
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 363 0.20% 0.10%                    -                    -
White: Other White 7,175 3.90% 4.40%                    -                    -
Mixed / multiple ethnic group 1,270 0.70% 2.20% 575 83%
Asian / Asian British* 1,439 0.80% 7.50% 894 164%
Black / African / Caribbean / Black British 331 0.20% 3.40% 161 95%
Other ethnic group 268 0.10% 1.00% 102 61%
Total not 'White: British, etc' (i.e. BAME) 11,555 6.40% 19.50% 7,250 168%
Total not 'White' 3,308 1.80% 14.10% 1,732 110%
All People 183,477 100.00% 100.00% 8,606 5%

Notes: * now includes Chinese, which was previously a separate category; ^ not possible to separate out as Gypsy or Irish Traveller was a new category in 2011
Source: 2011 Census, table KS201. Crown Copyright.

Although six per cent of the county’s total population in 2011 was of BAME origin, this proportion varies by age-group; from 12 per cent of 16-29 year-olds and 11 per cent of 30-44 year-olds to just two per cent of those aged 65+.

Of the 12,250 county residents who were born outside the UK, 53 per cent arrived after the expansion of the EU in 2004 compared with 40 per cent nationally.

Note that these estimates are based on the resident population, meaning that people who come to Herefordshire from outside the UK for less than a year will not be included in the figures - including the several thousand seasonal workers from overseas that come to work on Herefordshire farms over the spring and summer.  More information about seasonal and migrant workers in Herefordshire can be found in the economy section.

 

Last updated: Monday, August 07, 2017