Brighton Population 2018

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 (includes Hove population), Brighton's official 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.

City Size and Population Density

The city covers a total surface area of 82.79 square kilometers. With a population near 280,000 by 2018, the population density comes to nearly 3,480 people living per square kilometer.

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 Beorhthelm'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 - around 330,000 total individuals responded as such.

Brighton Population in 2018Source: By hozinja (Brighton Pier at dusk, UKUploaded by BaldBoris) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Brighton Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035676,6670.63%20,987
2030655,6800.72%23,205
2025632,4750.83%25,566
2020606,9090.89%10,649
2018596,2600.89%15,667
2015580,5930.88%24,772
2010555,8210.79%21,515
2005534,3060.94%24,342
2000509,9641.67%40,546
1995469,4181.44%32,316
1990437,1020.15%3,206
1985433,896-0.03%-579
1980434,475-0.99%-22,192
1975456,667-0.85%-19,864
1970476,531-0.11%-2,661
1965479,1920.06%1,406
1960477,7860.94%21,925
1955455,8610.94%20,913
1950434,9480.00%
Brighton Population Growth

Brighton's 2018 population is now estimated at 596,260. In 1950, the population of Brighton was 434,948. Brighton has grown by 15,667 since 2015, which represents a 0.89% annual 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