THE population of South Derbyshire has increased by 900 as a result of people moving into the area from other parts of the UK, figures have shown.
Information from the Office of National Statistics shows that more people have moved into the area than have moved out to other UK locations over the last two years – leaving the district up on the amount of people.
This swell has not carried across to East Staffordshire, where migration left the borough 70 people down over a two-year period.
The figures show that 5,340 people moved to South Derbyshire between June 2011 and 2013, while 4,440 moved away.
Exactly 4,420 people moved to East Staffordshire over the same period, while 4,490 moved away.
The figure, which are the latest available, were only published at the end of June.
South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler told the Mail she was pleased to see that more people were choosing to settle in the district, which is acknowleged as the fastest-growing area in the county.
She said: “I’m not surprised by these figures, and I welcome these people.
“South Derbyshire has always been a place where we have welcomed people from other parts of the UK. We remember the Durham miners and the Scottish miners coming, for example, and I came from London 28 years ago. It’s not a new phenomenon.
“Clearly, I’m delighted they have chosen to come to South Derbyshire, because I believe they have got the same aspirations for the area that I have.
“We want South Derbyshire to be a fantastic place to live, bring up a family and get our economy thriving so we all have a better place to live.”
North West Leicestershire gained 550 residents, as 4,330 people moved into the area, and only 3,790 left.
Nationally, the peak age for migration was 19, when many people move away to university. Almost 160,000 made a move at that age.
Migration rates continue to be high for people until their mid-30s, when the numbers then fall significantly.
An estimated 2.8 million people moved within local authority areas from June 2011 to 2013 – down on 1.4 per cent from the year before.