THE population of York has grown by 9.2 per cent in the last ten years, the Office for National Statistics has said.

The numbers of people living in the city have increased from 181,300 to 198,000 from 2001 to 2011, while numbers in Selby have gone up by nine per cent from 76,600 to 83,500 and the East Riding of Yorkshire by 6.1 per cent from 314,900 to 334,200.

The population of Ryedale rose by a smaller 1.6 per cent, from 50,900 to 51,700, Harrogate by 4.2 per cent from 151,500 to 157,900 and Hambleton by 5.8 per cent from 84,200 to 89,100.

In York, the number of 20 to 24-year-olds has increased the most, by 38.5 per cent or 5,500, since 2001.

Other significant increases are in the 60 to 64-year-old population, which has risen by 2,800, or 31.5 per cent, and over 85-year-olds by 1,200, equating to 32.4 per cent.

The most significant decrease was in the 30 to 34 and 35 to 39 year-old-groups, which has reduced the most since 2001, by 1,300 each or 9.4 per cent.

Figures also showed that one in six people in England and Wales in 2011 was aged 65 and over.