Fewer people in Hartlepool identify as English according to the latest Census data

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Fewer people in Hartlepool identify as English than a decade ago as more opt for a British identity, new census figures show.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show 18% of people in the town felt they were English only when the census took place last year – a figure that is down significantly from 76% in 2011.

The data also shows 57% selected British only - which is up from 11% choosing that nationality a decade ago.

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Overall, 98% of people in the area chose any UK identity in 2021, slightly down from 99% in 2011.

Census nationality figures.Census nationality figures.
Census nationality figures.

About 96% of people identified as white in the area in 2021 – down slightly from 98% in the previous census.

The data shows 1,600 residents (2%) identified as Asian or Asian British and 445 (under 1%) selected black or black British as their ethnicity.

A further 671 (1%) said they were mixed ethnicity.

Across England and Wales, 90% usual residents identified with at least one UK national identity – a slight decrease from 92% in 2011.

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The proportion of people identifying as English only saw the sharpest fall - down from 58% selecting the national identity 10 years ago to just 15% in the 2021 Census.

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Nationally, 55% said they identified as British – leaping from 19% in the previous census.

Jon Wroth-Smith, census deputy director, said the recent data highlights that we are living in an "increasingly multi-cultural society" with fewer people saying they belong to a particular nation.