​The population of Cheshire West and Chester is 333,900. This is forecast to increase by around 5% in the next ten years. By 2023, almost a quarter of Cheshire West and Chester’s residents will be aged 65 or over.

Women have a significantly higher life expectancy than men though the gender gap has narrowed. Life expectancy is significantly lower in Cheshire West and Chester’s more deprived areas. The gap is widening for women.​​​

Population by local authority, locality, ward, age, gender and ethnicity

Cheshire West and Chester has four locality areas: Chester, Ellesmere Port, Rural, and Northwich and Winsford. The borough is made up of 46 smaller geographical areas called wards.

Population information is available at locality and ward level, with a breakdown by broad age groups and gender in the locality dashboard and Compendium of Health and Wellbeing Statistics.

Population information is also available from the 2011 Census at local authority, locality and ward level.  The 2011 Census includes estimates of the population by ethnic group.

Population by Clinical Commissioning Group

Cheshire West and Chester is served by two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s).

Population and demographic information including gender, age and the protected characteristics are available in the demographic profiles.

Information from the 2011 Census is also available at Clinical Commissioning Group level.

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Each year the Office of National Statistics (ONS) produces a mid-year estimate of the population in England and Wales, local authorities and smaller geographical areas. 

The latest data tables of mid-year population estimates from ONS:

Population Forecasts

​Population forecasts for the local authority, localities and clinical commissioning groups are available in our population forecast report for March 2015:

Specific groups of people / Minority groups

Specific groups looked at include those with protected characteristics from the Equality Act 2010 (those with a disability; Black Minority Ethnic; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender+), plus other groups that are considered hard to reach, vulnerable or under represented.

Health of the population

Information about the health and wellbeing of Cheshire West and Chester is available in: The living well​ section contains information about disease. long term conditions, mental health, lifestyles and wider determinants of health. ​​

Indices of multiple deprivation

The Indices of multiple deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas across England based on seven domains of deprivation. An interactive report and hotspot report are available for Cheshire West and Chester.

Mosaic Ward Profiles

​Mosaic ward profiles are a dataset that describes all households in the UK according to their lifestyle. Households are classified into groups according to their socio-economic characteristics and consumer behaviour. These ward profiles set out the number and proportion of households in each mosaic group for each ward.​​

Other Geographies

Population by children’s centre is available in our Children’s Centre Dashboards in the Starting Well section.

Population estimates for other geographies including parliamentary constituencies, middle super output areas and lower super output areas are available externally via the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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