The last UK census was carried out in 2011, showing a population of 63,181,775, increased from 2001’s census figure of 58,789,194.
The current estimate for 204 is 63,485,015, making the UK the world’s 22nd largest country in terms of pure numbers.
That estimate came from the UK’s Office for National Statistics and overall it makes for some very interesting reading.
Released in 2011, the ONS’s findings suggest that natural growth in the UK is at its highest level since the so called ‘baby boom’ years of the 1960’s. This natural change, the difference between the current birth rate and death rate was also reported to be responsible for over 52% of the UK population’s growth.
Net migration also played its part with a two-pronged contribution to the estimate’s findings. Not only were the UK’s migration figures growing, there was also a significant introduction of women born overseas who were of child-bearing age.
United Kingdom Population Density
In terms of density, based on the Office of National Statistics findings in 2010, there were 255 people living in every square kilometre of land (660 per square mile) which ranks the territory twelfth in the world overall.
As we’ve already seen, the confirmed figures from the 2001 Census showed that there were 58,789,194 people living in the UK and demographic analysis showed that of that figure, 92.1% of the population claimed to be of White British descent.
Britain as a whole is claimed for its ethnic diversity in some areas and therefore, that figure may seem larger than expected by some observers. Of the remainder of the UK population in 2011, 4% were of South Asian origin and 2% of black descent. Various other ethnic groups make up the final total.
UK Population Projections
The increase in natural growth coupled with a further rise in net migration will see the UK population continuing to rise in the coming years.