Lincoln Census 2011 data revealed

The data from last year’s Census, detailing life in the UK, has been released, and with it a document for the Lincoln area.

The city data, complied by the City of Lincoln Council, highlights the growth in Lincoln’s population, the rise of residents aged between 20-24 and over 60, and interesting results regarding immigration.

Here is a breakdown of the results. The full document can be read at the bottom of the page.

Population Growth

  • Lincoln’s population has grown by 8.8% since 2001 to 93,100 residents.
  • It is a densely populated city of 2,597 people per square kilometre.


  • Residents in their 20s make up 1/5 of the population.
  • Since 2001 there has been an 11.7% reduction in the number of children aged 0-14.
  • This has been met with a large 49.3% increase in the number of residents aged 20-24.
  • Lincoln has an ageing population, with people aged 60+ projected to increase to 23% of the population by 2021.
  • Lincoln is estimated to have the highest number of short term migrants in the county.
  • There are an estimated 39,800 residential households in the city.


  • Despite declining, Christianity remains the most prominent religion or belief in Lincoln, accounting for 54,265 (58%) residents.
  • This decline has been met with an increase of people of No Religion, which increased by 110% to 30,456 residents.
  • Despite only accounting for 1% of Lincoln’s population, Islam was the fastest growing religion in Lincoln over the last decade, increasing by 148%.


  • The slowest growing ethnic group in Lincoln was White British, which increased by 2%, and now make up 89% of the population.
  • In contrast, the number of White Other residents increased by 355%, and now make up 5% of the population.


  • In 2001, 5% of residents (4,307) were born outside of the UK. In 2011, this had increased to 9.8% of residents (9,158).
  • Residents from EU Accession States (mostly eastern and central European), make up 4% of the population (3,607 residents).

Dependent Children and Health

  • Just over one quarter of households in Lincoln contain dependent children (26% / 10,203).
  • 26% (10,370) of households also contain someone with a long-term health problem or disability.
  • Additionally, 16.7% (1,728) of households that contain someone with a long-term health problem or disability also contain dependent children.


  • The majority of homes in Lincoln are privately owned, with 31% (12,215) being mortgaged and 24% (9,717) being owned outright.
  • Private landlords and lettings agencies account for the next most common tenure, followed by local authority lettings.

Lone parents

There are 2,959 lone parent households in Lincoln, with 59% of lone parents being in employment – the most common employment type being part-time.