Polish fuel town's rapid growth - census reveals

By Dan Santy Thursday 13 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 08:38

A HUGE influx of Polish nationals has seen Rugby's population rocket faster than anywhere else in Warwickshire.

Census figures just released show Rugby's population is the fastest growing in the county having shot up by over 14 per cent from 87,453 to 100,075 in a decade - more than double the national increase.

Among the population are nearly 16,000 people of non-British origin, a huge jump from the 7,700 at the last census in 2001.

The biggest increase is found in the number of 'other whites' which has risen by almost 4,000 in the last decade, while people of African origin have gone from under 100 to just over 1,000.

Reflecting the national trend most of Rugby's white immigrants since 2001 are from Poland, with African, Asian and Middle Eastern migrants also accounting for much of the borough's population born outside the UK.

Rugby's thriving Polish community has seen recent cultural changes. There are now Polish shops and a doctor's surgery in the town, and this year Rugby Theatre even staged an Anglo-Polish production of Romeo & Juliet.

In total there are now almost 12,000 people born outside the UK living in Rugby, 6,500 of whom arrived in the last decade.

The census also revealed that in the last ten years the number of young people from the borough going to university has risen sharply, with 22,735 people now holding the equivalent of a degree qualification against 12,627 in 2001.

Of the 72,759 people in Rugby classed as 'economically active' - 49,018 are in work, 2,613 are unemployed and 1,826 are in full-time education.

Since same-sex partnerships were legalised by the government back in 2005, just 138 civil partnerships have been registered throughout the borough.

And people seem to be losing faith with 24,281 declaring themselves as having no religion in comparison to 12,040 residents a decade ago, although nearly two thirds of the population - 63,791 - still consider themselves Christian.

Difficulties in securing mortgages are reflected in the rise in people in private rented accommodation from almost 2,100 to over 5,200.

The average age of people living in the district is 41 - two years higher than the UK national average.

And women still marginally outweigh men in the district with 50,191 against 49,884 men.

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