The UK’s population rose by 500,000 people last year with east London in the frontline.

The Office for National Statistics has released new population figures with estimates for the number of people living across the country in 2015.

According to the ONS the population of the UK at June 30 2015 was estimated to be 65.1million. This was derived from the international migration statistics as well as birth and death registrations

Over the year to mid-2015 the number of people resident in the UK increased by 513,300 (up 0.8%), similar to the average annual increase seen over the last decade.

The older population continues to grow, with over 11.6million (17.8% of the population) aged 65 and over and 1.5million (2.3% of the population) aged 85 and over in 2015.

Since 2005, the UK population aged 65 and over has increased by 21%, and the population aged 85 and over has increased by 31%. The number of males aged 85 and over has increased by 54% since mid-2005, compared to a 21% increase for females.

10 areas to see largest population increase

  • Area // Net population change (%)
  1. City of London // 688 (8.52%)
  2. Tower Hamlets // 11,221 (3.95%)
  3. Westminster // 9,007 (3.86%)
  4. Islington // 6,662 (3.01%)
  5. Camden // 6,213 (2.65%)
  6. Newham // 8,495 (2.62%)
  7. Welwyn Hatfield // 2,992 (2.58%)
  8. Exeter // 2,980 (2.40%)
  9. Coventry // 7,957 (2.36%)
  10. Greenwich // 6,125 (2.28%)