United Kingdom Population 2016

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The United Kingdom's 2016 population is 65,111,143 according to the most recent UN estimates, released in June 2016. Each year in June, the Office for National Statistics releases an updated estimate based on migration and fertility statistics. The last full UK census was carried out in 2011, showing a population of 63,181,775, up from 2001’s census figure of 58,789,194.

The UK is the world’s 21st largest country by population. The United Kingdom is currently growing at a rate of .61% per year.

United Kingdom Census

Released in 2011, the figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that natural growth in the UK is at its highest level since the so-called ‘baby boom’ years of the 1960s. 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.

Increased fertility also contributed to the rising population in the United Kingdom, with rising fertility rising among women born in the UK and an increase in the number of female immigrants of child-bearing age. During 2010, the number of births within the UK totaled 797,000, the highest number recorded since 1991. This contributed to the overall population growth of 3.1 million people between 2001 and 2010.

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 kilometer 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.

United Kingdom Demographics

Based on data from the last Census taken in 2011, the majority of the UK's population is situated in England, which accounts for just under 84% of the total population. Scotland trails behind with 8.4% of the population, followed by Wales at 4.8%, and Northern Island at 2.9%.

The United Kingdom has a diverse set of overseas born populations, with the largest 5 contributing countries being:

  1. Poland (831,000)
  2. India (795,000)
  3. Pakistan (503,000)
  4. Ireland (382,000)
  5. Germany (286,000)

The UK has a high literacy rate of over 99% among residents aged 15 and older. This is attributed to the universal public education provided to UK residents, both in primary and secondary schools.

The total fertility rate of the United Kingdom is 1.92 children per woman, according to data from 2012. The number of children born to foreign-born mothers has increased to encompass over one-quarter of the total population, and statistics from 2014 show that the fertility of foreign-born women living in the UK is higher than native women of child-bearing age.

United Kingdom Population Projections

The United Kingdom's population is expected to continue its rise throughout the 21st century. Driven by modest natural increase and positive net immigration, the population will reach 77 million by 2050, according to the ONS projections. The UN projections for 2050 are slightly lower at 75 million.

United Kingdom  Population in 2016 Source: kloniwotski

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

United Kingdom Population Growth

The increase in natural growth coupled with a further rise in net migration will see the UK population continuing to rise throughout the 21st century. The UN's medium variant projections have the United Kingdom's population surpassing 75 million in 2050.

United Kingdom Population Density

About United Kingdom

Official Name United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Languages Spoken English
Borders IRL
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 54,-2
Currencies Used GBP

United Kingdom Population Clock

What is the population of United Kingdom (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2016) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 446
Deaths Per Day 325
Net Migrations Per Day 493
Net Change Per Day 614
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

United Kingdom Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 12.502 births/thousand 147th
Crude Death Rate 9.109 deaths/thousand 57th
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.739 people/thousand 25th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.007 years 29th
Life Expectancy (Male) 79.115 years 21st
Life Expectancy (Female) 82.862 years 35th
Total Fertility Rate 1.913 children/woman 133rd
Net Reproduction Rate 0.922 surviving daughters/woman 129th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.051 males per female 86th
Infant Mortality Rate 3.757 deaths/1,000 live births 166th
Under Five Mortality 4.411 deaths/thousand 171st
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.434 years 48th
Rate of Natural Increase 3.3 153rd
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 1.865% 34th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 2.35% 36th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 1.366% 36th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 7.235% 34th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 8.696% 36th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 5.769% 36th
Crude Suicide Rate 0 suicides/thousand 0th
Median Age (Total) 40.5 years 40th
Median Age (Female) 41.7 years 44th
Median Age (Male) 39.3 years 39th

United Kingdom Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2016 65,111,143 49.317% 50.683% 269 49 0.61% 21
2015 64,715,810 49.29% 50.71% 267 49 0.61% 21
2010 62,716,684 49.131% 50.869% 259 49 0.71% 22
2005 60,210,012 48.953% 51.047% 248 50 0.73% 21
2000 58,867,004 48.715% 51.285% 243 50 0.36% 21
1995 57,903,790 48.603% 51.397% 239 48 0.3% 20
1990 57,110,117 48.591% 51.409% 236 42 0.27% 15
1985 56,415,196 48.599% 51.401% 233 36 0.18% 15
1980 56,221,513 48.645% 51.355% 232 34 0.02% 14
1975 56,179,925 48.639% 51.361% 232 31 0.06% 13
1970 55,611,401 48.532% 51.468% 229 28 0.31% 12
1965 54,278,349 48.499% 51.501% 224 27 0.6% 10
1960 52,410,496 48.295% 51.705% 216 25 0.68% 9
1955 51,113,710 48.119% 51.881% 211 24 0.39% 9
1950 50,616,012 48.082% 51.918% 209 22 0.01% 9

United Kingdom Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 66,700,125 49.409% 50.591% 275 49 0.57% 21
2025 68,527,121 49.506% 50.494% 283 49 0.49% 22
2030 70,112,541 49.592% 50.408% 289 51 0.41% 21
2035 71,510,541 49.686% 50.314% 295 52 0.38% 22
2040 72,840,131 49.788% 50.212% 301 53 0.36% 23
2045 74,144,108 49.893% 50.107% 306 52 0.34% 25
2050 75,360,972 49.992% 50.008% 311 51 0.3% 24
2055 76,396,749 50.084% 49.916% 315 52 0.24% 25
2060 77,255,333 50.179% 49.821% 319 50 0.2% 27
2065 78,017,713 50.267% 49.733% 322 50 0.19% 27
2070 78,774,922 50.333% 49.667% 325 49 0.2% 27
2075 79,541,455 50.381% 49.619% 328 48 0.19% 28
2080 80,254,739 50.414% 49.586% 331 48 0.16% 28
2085 80,879,905 50.444% 49.556% 334 48 0.14% 29
2090 81,433,514 50.465% 49.535% 336 50 0.13% 30
2095 81,935,550 50.481% 49.519% 338 50 0.11% 31