Bath is a city located in England that is located in Somerset County. It is the largest city within the county. The population as of 2011 was estimated to be almost 89,000.
The city is located less than 100 miles from London and is located in River Avon valley. It occupies 28 square kilometers of area. The city is most known for its Roman-built baths, which once made Bath a famous spa town. The city has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and today continues to attract visitors not just for its unique history but also because of its theaters, sports venues, museums, and other activities and attractions.
The 2011 Census conducted in Bath showed that the population within the city was 88,859. The population of the urban area was estimated to be 97,311 in 2010. By 2016, the estimates have risen to just over 100,000 individuals residing in the city.
The city primarily has a population of white residents, which comprise 94.6% of the population and comes in much higher than the national average. The communities of Asian, black, and multicultural residents fall below the national average. The population of Bath is 2.6% Asian, 0.8% black, and 1.6% multicultural/mixed race.
Over half of Bathonians identify as being Christian, while 32.7% name themselves as non-religious. Other religions are each followed by less than 1% of Bathonians.
The city has a rich history, with one of the most notable events occurring around 60 A.D. During this time, the city was created as a spa city known as “the waters of Sulis” and featuring Roman baths and a temple. It is believed that the mainspring used for the baths was seen as a shrine by Britons and was dedicated to Sulis, for whom the city was named.
It is also thought that the city of Bath was the location of the Battle of Badon around 500 A.D. Over the years, Bath was captured by West Saxons before becoming a royal possession and was surrendered during the English Civil War. Royalists claimed the city during the Battle of Lansdowne, and during the Stuart and Georgian eras became more developed. In the early 18th century, the city’s first theater was built, and social life flourished, making it one of the most popular spa towns for wealthy visitors.
The city was affected by air raids during World War II, and post-war was restored and many areas redeveloped housing. The city was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and in modern times, has continued growing and developing with the addition of shopping centers, business offices, and housing developments.
Bath Population Growth
Between the censuses taken in 2001 and 2011, there were very few changes in the ethnic composition of Bath and surrounding areas. The combined population of Bath and North East Somerset was recorded as 176,015 in 2011, rising from just over 169,000 from the previous 10-year census. Bath and surrounding areas in the region saw growth of 5% to 11% between the 2001 and 2011 censuses, with higher growth recorded in some areas due to an increasing student population.