2011 Census Data Interactive Map by Cornwall Council Electoral Divisions

The Community Intelligence Team at Cornwall Council has put together all the 2011 Census details in an interactive mapping tool which breaks down all the detail via the council’s Electoral Divisions. This is a great tool and massive congratulations should go to the team behind this and other great data produced. My own research though the various data bases has been greatly helped by the Community Intelligence Teams help. Thank you.

The map can be found HERE and more information on the Census can be found HERE.


Not living in Cornwall but with an address in Cornwall

The ONS, has published details from the 2011 Census on the number of people who are not permanently living within a Local Authority (LA), like Cornwall, but either has a second address, or a holiday home. The clever interactive graph can be found HERE.

The figures are broken down into seven categories. I will not cover each category, as you can
have a play with the graph yourself, but they do all make interesting reading. Those I will cover are:

Reside outside of LA, with second address in a LA = 43 per 1,000 usual
residents, which is 15 times more than the England and Wales mean of 28 per 1,000 usual residents

Reside outside of LA, with holiday address in the LA = 19 per 1,000 usual residents, which is 16 times than the England and Wales mean of 3 per 1,000 usual residents

Reside outside of LA, but with a work address in the LA = 4 per 1,000 usual
residents. 1 more than the England and Wales mean of 3 per 1,000 usual residents.

The other categories are: In LA, with second address elsewhere in England and Wales; in LA, but with a holiday address elsewhere in England and Wales; in LA, but with a holiday address outside of the UK and in LA, but with a work address outside of LA. These details can be found at the site.

I have never been against second homes, or as we otherwise call those not in full time occupation because they do contribute to the local economy. However, the point I have is there has to be a balance between real lived in homes, and those not. Sadly the Government does not seem to be interested in primary legislation that would at least require planning permission for a change of use.

In the next few weeks I will be publishing more from the Census and other intelligence from Cornwall Council. From what I have already, it makes very interesting reading.

Census 2011: Age Groups Living in Cornwall

The ONS has released more data from the 2011 Census. This latest batch of information is on the population numbers per Local Authority. As with anything published by the ONS, it goes into great detail. However I will cover just the breakdown on the age groups in Cornwall.

The number of permanent residents in Cornwall as per the 2011 Census is 532,273. Of which are:

  • Under 19 – 115,211 (21%)
  • 20-29: 57,730 (10.8%)
  • 30-39: 56,978 (10.7%)
  • 40-49: 75,106 (14.1%)
  • 50-59: 74,396 (13.9%)
  • 60-70: 77,835 (14.6%)
  • Over 70: 80,014 (15%.6)
  • 90 or over: 5,510 (1.03%)

It is interesting to see that near 50% (49.5%) of Cornwall’s population is of working age, with the remaining 50% either at 30% (29.2%) at state pensionable age*, or under 19.

For the Cornwall Council electoral Division of Porthleven and Helston South the number of residents is 4,024 (0.75% of Cornwall’s population) and the age breakdown is:

  • Under 19: 926
  • 20-29: 361
  • 30-39: 434
  • 40-49: 598
  • 50-59: 499
  • 60-70: 585
  • Over 70: 624

For the other Helston Divisions:

Helston North:

  • Under 19: 1,611
  • 20-29: 678
  • 30-39: 857
  • 40-49: 910
  • 50-59: 619
  • 60-70: 556
  • Over 70: 582

 Total 5,813 (1.09%)

Helston Central:

  • Under 19: 953
  • 20-29: 539
  • 30-39: 489
  • 40-49: 610
  • 50-59: 532
  • 60-70: 558
  • Over 70: 719
Total 4,400 (0.82%)

* Yes I know not everyone at 60 retires

Census – To Be Or Not To Be Cornish?

Today my Census forms arrived for me to fill out. There has been much talk on certain questions contained within the Census. These questions surround nationality, religion, ethnic background and country of birth. They seem simple questions, but, what happens if you live in Cornwall, or were born in Cornwall? Are you different to the rest of the UK? Is being Cornish a different ethnic grouping, or a bigger question a different Country and therefore nationality?

The question could be what makes you Cornish? Wikipedia’s opening line on this subject says “The Cornish (Cornish: Kernowyon) are a people associated with Cornwall”. Can you only be Cornish by birth because your parents by chance lived, or were visiting Cornwall? Can you feel Cornish, and therefore be Cornish?

For instance I was born in Germany, not because my parents are German, but because my father was serving overseas in the RAF. Does that make me German? I would answer no, just because you were born somewhere does not mean you are of a certain nationality.

I have lived in Cornwall all of my adult life. I moved to Cornwall, and more importantly Porthleven when I was 17 years old. Porthleven and Cornwall is my home, and I feel more connection to Cornwall than anywhere else I have lived. But, does that mean I can enter Cornish in any of those boxes? Would I be a fraud if I did?

Many could answer that you are only Cornish by birth, but I would answer I return how many generations do you have to go back? Are both your parents and grandparents from Cornish stock? I think in a lot of cases at least one of your near and distant relatives would be from ‘across the Tamar’ Are you of less Cornish than someone who can trace your history back to one of the first Census’ undertaken by the Duke of Normandy?

The box for ethnicity is also likely to throw up a few interesting comments. No doubt we will see alien or some other interplanetary classifications, but I also expect to see in rather large numbers the word Cornish written in that box too. In the 2001 Census around 37,000 people entered Cornish as their ethnicity. This was around 7% of Cornwall’s population. I would imagine this figure is likely to rise, but by how much? If it does rise by a lot, will the Government do anything about it, especially at the next Census?

It gets me back to my original point can you be Cornish by feeling? If you love and care for Cornwall as much as someone who can trace their history back many generations would that enough to be Cornish? Would it be wrong to put Cornish in any of those boxes because of you feel Cornish? Does anyone really care what you put in those boxes? The Government may argue, no, as long as you fill it out.

At the end of the day one of those boxes will have to be ticked. Shall I play it safe and just tick/enter British? After all I have a British Passport and my last few generations of family are from all the corners of the UK. So in reality, I have a real mixture of ethnic backgrounds that more than likely includes Saxon, Angle, Norse and Norman to name but a few of the ‘visiting’ peoples that decided to stay on a more permanent bases.

Life would be so much simpler if I was a pasty, as that has now a clear legal definition.