Brighton Population 2017

Brighton is a seaside town located in the south east of England and is part of the city of Brighton and Hove. The towns of Brighton and Hove formed a unitary authority in 1997, and in 2001 Queen Elizabeth II granted them city status. Brighton is often referred to synonymously with Brighton and Hove, although many people (particularly locals) still consider them to be separate towns. At the 2011 census, Brighton's population was 273,400. It's population density is 9,050 per square mile.

Brighton is a very popular destination for tourists, and is renowned for its cultural, music and arts scene, quirky shopping areas and diverse communities. It has a large LGBT population and has been coined the "unofficial gay capital of the UK". Brighton attracted as many as 7.5 million day visitors in 2015/16 and 4.9 million overnight visitors. It's also the most popular UK seaside resort for overseas tourists.

Brighton History

Brighton began life as a small Saxon village. The Saxons arrived in Sussex in the 5th century AD, founding the kingdom of Sussex, which included the village of Brighton. It was originally called Beorthelm's tun (Beorthelm's farm/village). Hundreds of years later, it grew into the city of Brighton. Here, farmers lived in a village above a cliff and fisherman resided under the cliff on the foreshore. By the 14th century it was a bustling market town.

The French burned down the town in 1514 and again in 1545; however, it was quickly rebuilt, transforming into a flourishing town with a growing population. Brighton was devastated by a terrible storm in 1703 and residents left in droves, leaving only the poor behind. It did not recover until the late 18th century.

Brighton Demographics

The 2011 census found that Brighton has an even split of male and female residents. The ethnic composition of those living there is 89.08% white (80.48% are white British, 1.38% are white Irish, 7.21% are other white), 4.13% Asian (1.10% are Chinese, 1.10% are Indian, 0.50% are Bangladeshi and 1.43% are other Asian), 3.81% mixed race (1.54% are mixed black/white, 1.23% are mixed white/Asian, 1.05% are other mix), 1.53% black and 0.80% Arab.

Most people in Brighton consider themselves to be Christians (42.90%) or non-religious (42.42%). 2.23% are Muslims, while 1% are Buddhist and 0.98% are Jewish. 1.66% follow another religion while 8.81 did not state a religion. Interestingly, in the 2001 census, Brighton had the highest percentage of residents stating their religion as 'Jedi' among all areas of England and Wales.

Brighton Population in 2018Source: http://www.cgpgrey.com [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Brighton Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2030567,0004.81%26,000
2025541,0005.05%26,000
2020515,0002.39%12,000
2017503,0001.21%6,000
2015497,0002.69%13,000
2010484,0002.76%13,000
2005471,0002.61%12,000
2000459,0002.68%12,000
1995447,0002.29%10,000
1990437,0000.69%3,000
1985434,0000.00%0
1980434,000-5.03%-23,000
1975457,000-4.19%-20,000
1970477,000-0.42%-2,000
1965479,0000.21%1,000
1960478,0004.82%22,000
1955456,0004.83%21,000
1950435,0000.00%0
Brighton Population Growth

Brighton's 2017 population is now estimated at 503,000. In 1950, the population of Brighton was 435,000. Brighton has grown by 6,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.21% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Brighton, which typically includes Brighton's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations