United Kingdom Population 2016

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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.

2010 findings

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.

United Kingdom Population in 2016 Source: kloniwotski

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 2,233
Deaths Per Day 1,639
Net Migrations Per Day 493
Net Change Per Day 1,087
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 12.408 births/thousand 141st
Crude Death Rate 9.108 deaths/thousand 56th
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.739 people/thousand 20th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 81.25 years 26th
Life Expectancy (Male) 79.4 years 22nd
Life Expectancy (Female) 83.06 years 30th
Total Fertility Rate 1.908 children/woman 125th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.922 surviving daughters/woman 123rd
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.051 males per female 84th
Infant Mortality Rate 3.6 deaths/1,000 live births 160th
Under Five Mortality 4.229 deaths/thousand 163rd
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.434 years 44th

United Kingdom Population Density

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 in the coming years.

United Kingdom Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2016 65,111,143 49.3% 50.7% 269 34 0.61% 21
2015 64,715,810 49.3% 50.7% 267 34 0.61% 21
2010 62,716,684 49.1% 50.9% 259 34 0.71% 22
2005 60,210,012 49% 51% 248 35 0.73% 21
2000 58,867,004 48.7% 51.3% 243 35 0.36% 21
1995 57,903,790 48.6% 51.4% 239 33 0.3% 20
1990 57,110,117 48.6% 51.4% 236 29 0.27% 15
1985 56,415,196 48.6% 51.4% 233 25 0.18% 15
1980 56,221,513 48.6% 51.4% 232 23 0.02% 14
1975 56,179,925 48.6% 51.4% 232 20 0.06% 13
1970 55,611,401 48.5% 51.5% 229 18 0.31% 12
1965 54,278,349 48.5% 51.5% 224 17 0.6% 10
1960 52,410,496 48.3% 51.7% 216 16 0.68% 9
1955 51,113,710 48.1% 51.9% 211 16 0.39% 9
1950 50,616,012 48.1% 51.9% 209 15 0.01% 9

United Kingdom Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 66,700,125 49.4% 50.6% 275 34 0.57% 21
2025 68,527,121 49.5% 50.5% 283 35 0.49% 22
2030 70,112,541 49.6% 50.4% 289 36 0.41% 21
2035 71,510,541 49.7% 50.3% 295 38 0.38% 22
2040 72,840,131 49.8% 50.2% 301 39 0.36% 23
2045 74,144,108 49.9% 50.1% 306 38 0.34% 25
2050 75,360,972 50% 50% 311 37 0.3% 24
2055 76,396,749 50.1% 49.9% 315 38 0.24% 25
2060 77,255,333 50.2% 49.8% 319 37 0.2% 27
2065 78,017,713 50.3% 49.7% 322 37 0.19% 27
2070 78,774,922 50.3% 49.7% 325 36 0.2% 27
2075 79,541,455 50.4% 49.6% 328 35 0.19% 28
2080 80,254,739 50.4% 49.6% 331 35 0.16% 28
2085 80,879,905 50.4% 49.6% 334 35 0.14% 29
2090 81,433,514 50.5% 49.5% 336 37 0.13% 30
2095 81,935,550 50.5% 49.5% 338 37 0.11% 31
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations