Manchester Population 2017

The Greater Manchester area is the second most populous urban area in the United Kingdom with a population of more than 2.55 million, which includes Manchester as well as several cities. Manchester also has the third largest economy in the United Kingdom and it is the third most visited city in the country by foreigners after London and Edinburgh. Manchester has a population density of 11,439 people per square mile and is the 9th densest city in the UK.

Manchester Demographics

The City of Manchester has the highest proportion of non-white people of any district in Greater Manchester. The 2011 census found the racial and ethnic composition of Manchester was:

  • White: 66.7% (59.3% White British, 2.4% White Irish, 0.1% Irish Traveller or Gypsy, 4.9% other white)
  • Mixed race: 4.7% (1.8% white and black Caribbean, 0.9% white and black African, 1.0% white and Asian, 1.0% other mixed race)
  • Asian: 17.1% (8.5% Pakistani, 2.7% Chinese, 2.3% Indian, 1.3% Bangladeshi, 2.3% other Asian)
  • Black: 8.6% (5.1% African, 1.6% other black)
  • 1.9% Arab
  • 1.2% other ethnicity

Since 2001, the share of Christians in Manchester has fallen from 62.4% to 48.7%, while the percentage of people with no religious affiliation increased from 16% to 25.4%. The percentage of Muslims has increased as well from 9.1% to 15.8%. Manchester has the largest Jewish population in Britain outside of London.

Manchester also has a percentage of gay and lesbian people that is higher than the English national average: 0.23% of people were in a same-sex civil partnership, compared to the national average of 0.16%.

There are several areas that serve as a center for ethnic minority populations, including Rusholme, Cheetham Hill, Moss Side and Longsight. There is also a Chinatown with the third-largest Chinese population in Europe.

Manchester History

Manchester's recorded history started with a settlement associated with the Roman fort Mamucium, established in c. 79 CE to ensure Roman interests in modern-day York and Chester were protected from the Brigantes, a Celtic tribe in what is now Northern England. Since then, the area has been permanently inhabited.

Examples of Manchester's early history are still evident today in the Manchester Cathedral (built in 1421) and the Chetham's Library, which has been open to the public since 1653. The city was mentioned as a market as early as 1282.

Manchester began to expand rapidly during the 19th century as more people came to the city for work from Scotland, Ireland and other areas during the Industrial Revolution. By 1835, Manchester was the greatest industrial city on earth.

Manchester Population Growth

During the 2011 census, Manchester was the third fastest-growing area in the United Kingdom with the greatest percentage growth outside of London, increasing 19% in a decade. Manchester is expected to continue its fairly rapid growth in the coming years.

Manchester Population in 2017 Source: Daniel Nisbet from Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
1950 2,422,000 0.00% 0
1955 2,425,000 0.10% 3,000
1960 2,427,000 0.10% 2,000
1965 2,413,000 -0.60% -14,000
1970 2,396,000 -0.70% -17,000
1975 2,370,000 -1.10% -26,000
1980 2,343,000 -1.10% -27,000
1985 2,313,000 -1.30% -30,000
1990 2,282,000 -1.30% -31,000
1995 2,308,000 1.10% 26,000
2000 2,345,000 1.60% 37,000
2005 2,434,000 3.80% 89,000
2010 2,538,000 4.30% 104,000
2015 2,646,000 4.30% 108,000
2017 2,690,000 1.70% 44,000
2020 2,758,000 2.50% 68,000
2025 2,868,000 4.00% 110,000
2030 2,968,000 3.50% 100,000
Manchester Population Growth

Manchester's 2017 population is now estimated at 2,690,000. In 1950, the population of Manchester was 2,422,000. Manchester has grown by 44,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.70% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Manchester, which typically includes Manchester's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.