1.4.1 The South West's population grew by 577,672 between 1989 and 2009, at an annual average growth rate of 0.6%. In the 1990s, the average annual growth rate was 0.5%; in the 21st Century the average has been 0.7%.
Figure 1.4.1 South West population growth, 1984 - 2009, and projected population growth, 2010 - 2033
South West population growth, 1984 - 2009, and projected population growth, 2010 - 2033 (Fig 1.4.1). Source: ONS.
1.4.2 Although having one of the smallest total populations, the South West has seen the fastest rate of population growth, of all of the English regions, over the past 20 years. The growth rate has been higher than the growth rate seen in England over the past 20 years; this trend is predicted to continue.