Sunderland's population continues to grow, show latest figures
The population of Sunderland is on the rise.
The number of people in Sunderland increased by 0.3 per cent - an increase of 812 people up from 277,150 to 277,962 - between June 2015 and June 2016, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Sunderland City Council said the growth is in line with the trend over last few years which has seen Sunderland's population grow year on year over the past five years with minor fluctuations.
The ONS data also shows that there continues to be a small and steady year on year improvement in how satisfied people in Sunderland are with their lives. The Sunderland average is now consistent with the UK average rating at 7.7.
Sunderland also has the joint highest rating (with Gateshead) across the whole of Tyne and Wear for life satisfaction and the feeling that the things we do in life are worthwhile.
ONS Research shows that a number of factors influence quality of life and well-being, including employment and job satisfaction, health, the quality of relationships and personal financial security.
Sunderland's Cabinet Secretary Councillor Mel Speding, said: "I'm delighted that Sunderland is growing as a city and that people are choosing to invest their lives here.
"There is so much happening here with developments like the new bridge set to open up a whole new swathe of regeneration land, the International Advanced Manufacturing Park set to create more than 5,000 new jobs and work driving ahead on the Vaux site.
"That's not to mention all the cultural developments like the Old Fire Station which opens later this month, the possibility we could be named UK City of Culture 2021 in December, the relocation of the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art to the National Glass Centre and The Tall Ships coming to Sunderland next July. "