U.K. Population (LIVE)

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United Kingdom Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the United Kingdom is 67,881,193 as of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • the United Kingdom 2023 population is estimated at 67,736,802 people at mid year.
  • the United Kingdom population is equivalent to 0.84% of the total world population.
  • the U.K. ranks number 21 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in the United Kingdom is 280 per Km2 (725 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 241,930 Km2 (93,410 sq. miles)
  • 85.5 % of the population is urban (57,900,076 people in 2023)
  • The median age in the United Kingdom is 40.1 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of the United Kingdom (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationU.K.
Global Rank
2024 67,961,439 0.33 % 224,637 165,790 40.3 1.58 281 85.9 % 58,353,588 0.84 % 8,118,835,999 22
2023 67,736,802 0.34 % 227,866 165,790 40.1 1.57 280 85.5 % 57,900,076 0.84 % 8,045,311,447 21
2022 67,508,936 0.34 % 227,897 165,790 39.8 1.57 279 85.1 % 57,438,662 0.85 % 7,975,105,156 21
2020 67,059,474 0.42 % 280,815 211,063 39.5 1.56 277 84.2 % 56,495,180 0.86 % 7,840,952,880 21
2015 65,224,364 0.77 % 492,865 254,218 39.0 1.81 270 82.8 % 54,035,311 0.88 % 7,426,597,537 21
2010 62,760,039 0.77 % 475,260 281,588 38.5 1.92 259 82.0 % 51,469,697 0.90 % 6,985,603,105 21
2005 60,383,741 0.52 % 306,740 261,300 37.7 1.76 250 79.8 % 48,178,255 0.92 % 6,558,176,119 21
2000 58,850,043 0.32 % 183,936161,157 36.6 1.64 243 78.8 % 46,365,434 0.96 % 6,148,898,975 20
1995 57,930,364 0.25 % 143,984 48,732 35.5 1.71 239 78.4 % 45,427,516 1.01 % 5,743,219,454 19
1990 57,210,442 0.20 % 113,479 -701 34.8 1.83 236 78.1 % 44,683,287 1.08 % 5,316,175,862 16
1985 56,643,045 0.11 % 63,343 -8,661 34.3 1.79 234 78.1 % 44,263,815 1.17 % 4,861,730,613 14
1980 56,326,328 0.02 % 11,897 -12,117 33.3 1.89 233 78.4 % 44,157,482 1.27 % 4,444,007,706 14
1975 56,266,842 0.22 % 123,335 -19,790 32.8 1.81 233 77.6 % 43,667,185 1.38 % 4,069,437,231 13
1970 55,650,166 0.52 % 284,120 -26,696 33.2 2.44 230 77.1 % 42,903,762 1.51 % 3,695,390,336 11
1965 54,229,565 0.63 % 337,310 -24,045 34.0 2.90 224 77.9 % 42,259,485 1.63 % 3,337,111,983 9
1960 52,543,017 0.52 % 269,950 2,344 34.5 2.74 217 78.3 % 41,130,617 1.74 % 3,019,233,434 9
1955 51,193,266 0.45 % 227,640 14,885 34.1 2.28 212 78.6 % 40,241,373 1.86 % 2,746,072,141 9
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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United Kingdom Population Forecast

165,790
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationU.K.
Global Rank
2025 68,180,606 0.33 % 224,226 165,790 40.5 1.58 282 86.2 % 58,798,650 0.83 % 8,191,988,453 22
2030 69,175,770 0.29 % 199,033 165,790 41.6 1.59 286 88.0 % 60,898,532 0.81 % 8,546,141,327 22
2035 69,993,981 0.24 % 163,642 165,790 42.8 1.61 289 89.8 % 62,822,134 0.79 % 8,879,397,401 22
2040 70,689,476 0.20 % 139,099 165,790 43.8 1.62 292 91.4 % 64,639,304 0.77 % 9,188,250,492 24
2045 71,291,518 0.17 % 120,408 165,790 44.5 1.64 295 93.1 % 66,381,393 0.75 % 9,467,543,575 25
2050 71,684,966 0.11 % 78,690   44.9 1.64 296 94.9 % 68,007,652 0.74 % 9,709,491,761 28
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

United Kingdom Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of the United Kingdom
Life Expectancy
82.31 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
3.1
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
3.6
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in the U.K.

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 London 7,556,900
2 Birmingham 984,333
3 Liverpool 864,122
4 Nottingham 729,977
5 Sheffield 685,368
6 Bristol 617,280
7 Glasgow 591,620
8 Leicester 508,916
9 Edinburgh 464,990
10 Leeds 455,123
11 Cardiff 447,287
12 Manchester 395,515
13 Stoke-on-Trent 372,775
14 Coventry 359,262
15 Sunderland 335,415
16 Birkenhead 325,264
17 Islington 319,143
18 Reading 318,014
19 Kingston upon Hull 314,018
20 Preston 313,332
21 Newport 306,844
22 Swansea 300,352
23 Bradford 299,310
24 Southend-on-Sea 295,310
25 Belfast 274,770
26 Derby 270,468
27 Plymouth 260,203
28 Luton 258,018
29 Wolverhampton 252,791
30 City of Westminster 247,614
31 Southampton 246,201
32 Blackpool 239,409
33 Milton Keynes 229,941
34 Bexley 228,000
35 Northampton 215,963
36 Archway 215,667
37 Norwich 213,166
38 Dudley 199,059
39 Aberdeen 196,670
40 Portsmouth 194,150
41 Newcastle upon Tyne 192,382
42 Sutton 187,600
43 Swindon 185,609
44 Crawley 180,508
45 Ipswich 178,835
46 Wigan 175,405
47 Croydon 173,314
48 Walsall 172,141
49 Mansfield 171,958
50 Oxford 171,380
51 Warrington 165,456
52 Slough 163,777
53 Bournemouth 163,600
54 Peterborough 163,379
55 Cambridge 158,434
56 Doncaster 158,141
57 York 153,717
58 Poole 150,092
59 Gloucester 150,053
60 Burnley 149,422
61 Huddersfield 149,017
62 Telford 147,980
63 Dundee 147,710
64 Blackburn 146,521
65 Basildon 144,859
66 Middlesbrough 142,707
67 Bolton 141,331
68 Stockport 139,052
69 Brighton 139,001
70 West Bromwich 135,618

See also

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Notes

The United Kingdom Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of the United Kingdom delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of the United Kingdom (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by the U.K. in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.