More than 80,000 call themselves Cornish in 2011 Census
Almost 84,000 people across the country have declared their nationally as Cornish, the 2011 Census reveals – including a lone individual living in Gateshead.
While around 73,000 of them hail from Cornwall itself, more than 10,000 are scattered across England and Wales – from the North East to neighbouring Devon.
Campaigners calling for recognition of Cornwall as a nationality and greater devolution to the western peninsula hailed a huge surge in Cornish identity since just 37,000 did so in 2001, when the last Census was taken.
The figure is also remarkable, they say, because there is no tick-box for people responding to the Census to say they are "Cornish". Instead, they had to tick "other" and then write in their response.
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North Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson said: "It is clear that many more people would have identified themselves as Cornish if there was a box to tick."
A Cornish diaspora also emerges. In London, 1,215 people are at least part-Cornish. The North East boasts 87 Cornish nationals.