JULY 1 2011 07:29h
British population growing faster
The Office for National Statistics said the rate of increase, 0.8 percent, was the largest in almost 50 years, The Independent reported. The population in June was 62.3 million, up 470,000 in a year.
The last time the population rose so fast was in 1962 at the end of the baby boom.
Immigration contributed to the growing population both directly and indirectly, experts said. Net migration was 230,000, mostly because fewer people left Britain during the year.
There were 200,000 more women of child-bearing age in the country than there were a decade earlier, many of them immigrants. The number of births was 134,000 more than in 2001-2002.
The death rate was also down, especially for men. In 1981, 600,000 residents of Britain were older than 85, which has risen to 1.4 million.
Almost one-third of that group are now male, up from 23 percent 30 years ago.
LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- Britain had almost half a million more residents this June than it did a year earlier because of immigration and fewer deaths, demographers said Thursday.