Sheffield Population 2018

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.

City Size and Population Density

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 2018Source: By Lewisskinner at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sheffield Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035808,8670.63%25,058
2030783,8090.70%27,026
2025756,7830.72%26,625
2020730,1580.70%10,073
2018720,0850.68%14,559
2015705,5260.68%23,608
2010681,9180.69%22,954
2005658,9640.59%19,133
2000639,8310.11%3,510
1995636,3210.07%2,289
1990634,032-0.14%-4,413
1985638,445-0.15%-4,897
1980643,342-0.23%-7,492
1975650,834-0.21%-6,965
1970657,799-0.12%-3,877
1965661,676-0.05%-1,745
1960663,4210.28%9,315
1955654,1060.28%9,182
1950644,9240.00%
Sheffield Population Growth

Sheffield's 2018 population is now estimated at 720,085. In 1950, the population of Sheffield was 644,924. Sheffield has grown by 14,559 since 2015, which represents a 0.68% 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 Sheffield, which typically includes Sheffield's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. Sheffield City Council - Sheffield population and information
  2. Sheffield City Council - 2011 census data for Sheffield
  3. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations