UK population sees biggest increase in half a century

Shoppers on the street The difference between numbers of births and deaths has overtaken net migration as the main driver of growth

The UK population increased more last year than at any time in almost half a century, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

By mid-2010 the estimated resident population was 62,262,000, an increase of 470,000 (0.8%) on the previous year.

The growth rate is the highest since 1962, when the "baby boom" years began.

Natural change - the difference between the numbers of births and deaths - accounted for 52% of the population growth.

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