Birmingham Population 2017

Note: This article is about Birmingham, UK. For information about the US city of Birmingham, Alabama scroll to the bottom of the page

Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom (London is the largest city in the UK). At the time of the census in 2001, the population of Birmingham was recorded at 977,087.

The Office of National Statistics estimated that in July 2010 Birmingham's population had reached 1,036,900, but we won't know for certain that the number of people in Birmingham has passed the million mark until the official 2011 census results are released in mid-2012.

Birmingham's fluctuating population

For most of its history, Birmingham saw steady population growth as it grew into one of Britain's most important industrial centres.

It's biggest period of growth was between 1911 and 1921 when the number of people living in the city almost doubled. In just ten years, the population increased from 525,833 to 919,333, a growth rate of 74.9%.

Since then, however, Birmingham's population has gone up and down. If the 2011 census confirms that Birmingham has more than a million residents, this will mark the third time that the city's size has exceeded one million people. The milestone was reached for the first time in 1931, when the population was recorded at 1,002,603, but the following census from 1939 recorded a fall to 995,039. The city bounced back to 1.1 million residents in 1951, but by the time of the 2001 census, it's population had fallen again to 977,087. Birmingham's council is no doubt crossing its fingers in hope that they will once again be able to join London as the only British city with a population of over a million.

Ethnicity and Religion in Birmingham

Birmingham is even more ethnically diverse than London, the country's capital city. The 2001 census confirmed that 70.4% of the people of Birmingham were white, 19.5% were Asian, 6.1% were Black, 0.5 were Chinese, 2.5% were mixed race, and 0.6 were of another ethnic group.

Birmingham is also notable for having the UK's highest Gypsy and Traveller population. At 53,554, more than 5% of the people living in Birmingham are Gypsies or Travellers.

Christianity remains the city's most prominent religion. In the last (2001) census 59.1% of Birmingham residents reported themselves as being Christian. Other major religions were Islam (14.3%), Sikh (2.93%), and Hindu (1.98%). 12.4% of the surveyed population reported having no religion, and 8.4% did not answer the question.

Population of Birmingham Alabama

In case you were wondering, the population of Birmingham in the USA was 212,237 in 2010, making it the 97th largest American city. The city reached a peak population of 340,087 in 1960, but since then it has been in steady decline.

The 2010 US Census recorded that 73.4% of Birmingham Alabama's population was black, and 22.3% white, making it considerably less diverse than it's namesake in England.

Birmingham Population in 2017 Source: JimmyGuano

Birmingham Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
1950 447,000 0.00% 0
1955 484,000 8.30% 37,000
1960 522,000 7.90% 38,000
1965 540,000 3.40% 18,000
1970 559,000 3.50% 19,000
1975 583,000 4.30% 24,000
1980 606,000 3.90% 23,000
1985 614,000 1.30% 8,000
1990 623,000 1.50% 9,000
1995 644,000 3.40% 21,000
2000 666,000 3.40% 22,000
2005 707,000 6.20% 41,000
2010 752,000 6.40% 45,000
2015 796,000 5.90% 44,000
2017 811,000 1.90% 15,000
2020 836,000 3.10% 25,000
2025 883,000 5.60% 47,000
2030 932,000 5.50% 49,000
Birmingham Population Growth

Birmingham's 2017 population is now estimated at 811,000. In 1950, the population of Birmingham was 447,000. Birmingham has grown by 15,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.90% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Birmingham, which typically includes Birmingham's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.