Towns are among fastest growing in country

The most recent census was carried out last year
The most recent census was carried out last year

Kettering, Corby and the East Northants areas are in the top 20 places with the highest growth in households, according to the results of the last census.

Kettering has seen households increase by 16.8 per cent, putting it at sixth place, between the latest two census surveys in 2001 and 2011. Its population is now 93,500.

East Northants households increased by 15.2 per cent, putting it at 14th in the top 20 and the area’s population is 86,000.

Corby households have increased by 14.5, giving it a placing of 19th, with a population of 61,300.

The population of Wellingborough is 75,400 and for Northamptonshire it is 692,000.

Mark Pengelly, deputy leader of Corby Council, said: “We will be able to use this information to press the Government for more funding.

“Our Government funding has been based on a growth figure of just five per cent.”

The population of England and Wales increased by 7 per cent between the last two census surveys, the largest growth in numbers seen in any period since records began, the Office for National Statistics said today.

There were 56.1 m people living in England and Wales on the day of Census 2011, an increase of 3.7 m since 2001, when there were 52.4 m people.

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