Sheffield Population 2017

Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England, with a name that comes from the River Sheaf running through the city. Sheffield is one of the 8 largest regional English cities comprising the Core Cities Group, and the 3rd largest English district with an estimated 2014 population of 555,000.

Sheffield is part of the larger Sheffield urban area, with a population estimated at 645,000. The city of Sheffield has an area of just over 142 square miles (367 square kilometers) with a population density of 4,000 people per square mile (1,500 per square kilometer). The urban area has a much higher population density of 10,228 people per square mile, or 3,949 per square kilometer.

Sheffield has over 250 gardens, parks and woodland areas with about 2 million trees. This gives Sheffield the highest ratio of trees to people of any European city.

Sheffield Demographics

The 2011 census found the racial and ethnic composition of Sheffield to be:

  • 84% White (81% White British, 0.5% White Irish, 0.1% Gypsy or Irish Traveller, 2.3% other white)
  • 8% Asian (4% Pakistani, 1.3% Chinese, 1.1% Indian, 0.6% Bangladeshi, 1.0% other Asian)
  • 3.6% Black (2.1% African, 1% Caribbean, 0.5% other black)
  • 1.5% Arab
  • 2.4% mixed race (1.0% White and Black Caribbean, 0.2% White and Black African, 0.6% White and Asian, 0.6% other mixed)
  • 0.7% other ethnic group

53% of the population of Sheffield are Christian, followed by Muslim (6%), Hindu (0.6%), Buddhist (0.4%), Sikh (0.2%) and Jewish (0.1%). More than 31% have no religion while 7% declined to state a religion.

Sheffield has a high percentage of well educated citizens, with the percentage of the population qualified to degree level increasing from 25% in 2005 to more than 33% in 2011.

Sheffield Population Growth

Sheffield experienced its greatest growth during the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution, when its population increased tenfold. For the past several decades, the city has been growing faster than the national average and it is projected to hit 600,000 by 2020.

Sheffield Population in 2017 Source: User:ChrisCroome, this image is © Chris Croome 2002 and it has been made available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Sheffield Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
1950 645,000 0.00% 0
1955 654,000 1.40% 9,000
1960 663,000 1.40% 9,000
1965 662,000 -0.20% -1,000
1970 658,000 -0.60% -4,000
1975 651,000 -1.10% -7,000
1980 643,000 -1.20% -8,000
1985 638,000 -0.80% -5,000
1990 634,000 -0.60% -4,000
1995 636,000 0.30% 2,000
2000 640,000 0.60% 4,000
2005 659,000 3.00% 19,000
2010 682,000 3.50% 23,000
2015 706,000 3.50% 24,000
2017 716,000 1.40% 10,000
2020 735,000 2.70% 19,000
2025 771,000 4.90% 36,000
2030 806,000 4.50% 35,000
Sheffield Population Growth

Sheffield's 2017 population is now estimated at 716,000. In 1950, the population of Sheffield was 645,000. Sheffield has grown by 10,000 in the last year, which represents a 1.40% change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Sheffield, which typically includes Sheffield's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.