NEW data revealed in the 2021 Census shows that one in twenty people living in Copeland and Allerdale is an armed forces veteran.
A snapshot of England and Wales taken in March last year has already given us a much better picture of the composition of our population.
And for the first time in 2021, census respondents were asked if they had ever served in the UK Armed Forces in a bid to improve the treatment of veterans in both countries through better data.
The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 3,054 people in Copeland said they were a veteran at the time of the census – 6% of usual residents aged 16 and over.
Of these, 2,384 had served in the regular British armed forces and 562 as reserves.
3,985 people in Allerdale said they were a veteran at the time of the census – 5% of usual residents aged 16 and over.
Of these, 3,097 had served in the regular British armed forces and 702 as reserves.
National Statistician Sir Ian Diamond said: ‘For the first time our data is able to show the vast scale of our armed forces community, which is vital information to help direct support and services to where they are. are most needed.
“Unsurprisingly, a large portion of our veterans live or are near military establishments, suggesting that they tend to stay in the same areas after leaving the service.
Charles Byrne, chief executive of the Royal British Legion, said the data would “transform” the understanding of the veteran population.
“It will surprise many people to learn that until today no one knew exactly how many veterans there were in England and Wales or where they lived,” he said.