United Kingdom Population 2016
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 estimated population in 2016 is 64,088,222.
The population estimate for 2016 is just over 64 million, making the UK the world’s 23rd largest country by population. This estimate comes from the CIA World Factbook. The population of the United Kingdom is the 22nd largest in the world.
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.
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.
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 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.
According to estimates from the ON's National Population Projections, the UK's population is expected to reach 73.3 million by the year 2037 if current population trends continue.