United Kingdom Population 2018

66,401,622

The United Kingdom's 2018 population is 66.57 million according to the most recent UN estimates. 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 39 seconds
One death every 53 seconds
One net migrant every 3 minutes
Net gain of one person every 1 minutes

United Kingdom Population in 2018Source: kloniwotski

United Kingdom Population Pyramid 2018

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United Kingdom Median Age

40.5


Total

39.3


Male

41.7


Female

United Kingdom Population by Age

There are 52,297,778 adults in United Kingdom.

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.

About United Kingdom

Official NameUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude54-2
Currencies UsedUnited Kingdom Pound
DemonymBritish

Countries Bordering United Kingdom

Ireland

United Kingdom Population Density

United Kingdom Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
London7,556,900
Birmingham984,333
Liverpool864,122
Nottingham729,977
Sheffield685,368
Bristol617,280
Leicester508,916
Edinburgh464,990
Leeds455,123
Cardiff447,287
Manchester395,515
Stoke-on-Trent372,775
Coventry359,262
Sunderland335,415
Birkenhead325,264
Islington319,143
Reading318,014
Kingston upon Hull314,018
Preston313,332
Newport306,844

United Kingdom Population Clock

The population of United Kingdom (as of 1/20/2018)?66,401,622
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)66,573,504
Births Per Day2,206
Deaths Per Day1,638
Net Migrations Per Day 493
Net Change Per Day 1,061
Population Change Since January 1st20,159

United Kingdom Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 12.14 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 9.015 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.712 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.77 years
Male Life Expectancy 80.01 years
Female Life Expectancy 83.48 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.871 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.904 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.051 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 3.494 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 4.476 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.385 years
Rate of Natural Increase 3.125

United Kingdom Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201866,573,50449.37%50.63%274.08210.60%
201565,397,08049.29%50.71%269.23210.65%
201063,306,84349.13%50.87%260.63210.98%
200560,286,75448.96%51.04%248.20210.45%
200058,950,84848.72%51.28%242.70210.33%
199557,978,32148.61%51.39%238.69200.28%
199057,183,33148.60%51.40%235.42160.25%
198556,466,13148.61%51.39%232.47150.07%
198056,265,47548.65%51.35%231.64140.02%
197556,211,94748.64%51.36%231.42130.21%
197055,634,93548.53%51.47%229.04120.49%
196554,303,10748.49%51.51%223.56100.70%
196052,433,15748.29%51.71%215.8690.51%
195551,123,70748.11%51.89%210.4790.20%
195050,616,01448.08%51.92%208.3890.00%

United Kingdom Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202067,334,20849.42%50.58%277.21210.00%
202569,074,02549.53%50.47%284.37220.51%
203070,578,61449.62%50.38%290.57210.43%
203571,897,21549.72%50.28%296.00230.37%
204073,125,23349.83%50.17%301.05230.34%
204574,301,02949.92%50.08%305.89230.32%
205075,381,13750.01%49.99%310.34260.29%
205576,271,77750.09%49.91%314.00270.24%
206076,971,43850.16%49.84%316.89270.18%
206577,589,76150.24%49.76%319.43270.16%
207078,211,69850.30%49.70%321.99270.16%
207578,818,43950.35%49.65%324.49270.15%
208079,360,69850.38%49.62%326.72290.14%
208579,827,23550.42%49.58%328.64290.12%
209080,249,24750.44%49.56%330.38300.11%
209580,641,83850.45%49.55%332.00300.10%