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The ONS released new population data this morning, although I can't find any figures for our region, can anyone help? I did see though that Bradford has the highest increase in population in Yorkshire and the Humber, by 11%
 

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2001 figures in brackets

Leeds 751,500 (715,600) 5%
Sheffield 552,700 (513,100) 7.7%
Bradford 522,500 (470,800) 11%
Kirklees 422,500 (389,000) 8.6%
East Riding of Yorkshire 334,200 (314,900) 6.1%
Wakefield 325,800 (315,400) 3.3%
Doncaster 302,400 (286,900) 5.4%
Rotherham 257,300 (248,300) 3.6%
Kingston upon Hull 256,400 (249,900) 2.6%
Barnsley 231,200 (218,100) 6%
Calderdale 203,800 (192,400) 5.9%
York 198,000 (181,300) 9.2%
North Lincolnshire 167,400 (153,000) 9.4%
North East Lincolnshire 159,600 (158,000 ) 1%
Harrogate 157,900 (151,500) 4.2%
Scarborough 108,800 106,200 2.4%
Hambleton 89,100 (84,200) 5.8%
Selby 83,500 (76,600) 9%
Craven 55,400 (53,700) 3.2%
Richmondshire 52,000 (47,100) 10.4%
Ryedale 51,700 (50,900) 1.6%
 

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I know North Bradford has become a popular place for Leeds commuters since rail improvements. Cheaper housing stock and lower taxes than Leeds, but just as quick (if not quicker) into Central Leeds than much of Leeds via the Airedale/Wharfedale Lines.
 

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I know North Bradford has become a popular place for Leeds commuters since rail improvements. Cheaper housing stock...
I presume you're referring to parts of Shipley and Keighley and other more centrally northern Bradford places? There's plenty of comparatively higher priced areas along the Airedale line, let alone anywhere on the Wharfedale line which are among the most expensive areas of Yorkshire, yet mostly still Bradford of course.
 

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Ilkley is the most expensive town outside southern England apparently. It's very affluent and is definitely not cheap by any definition of the word.

I can't imagine anyone wanting to move to Keighley. I think it's fair to assume Bradford's rise is largely due to immigration, it already has a large immigration base, immigrants tend to have larger families nowadays, and of course they have relatives and friends back home who may move here too. Leicester is another good example. And Tower Hamlets, which is one of the most poverty-ridden places in the UK.
 

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I remember reading somewhere not long ago that the way the increasing population trend is going in a few years Bradford will overtake Sheffield to become 3rd or 4th biggest city in England (depending on those who count London or not)
 

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Yes I realise that Ilkley is quite an expensive place to live, but I'm referring more to places like Saltaire, Bingley, Shipley... All have become popular commuter towns/exburbs.
 

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Still, I don't think you can attribute the relatively low growth of Leeds to people moving to those places instead.. Leeds isn't that expensive.
 
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