Brighton Population 2022

617,353
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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 the city status. Brighton is often referred to synonymously with Brighton and Hove, although many people (mainly 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 trendy 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 town 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 another 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 indicating their religion as 'Jedi' among all areas of England and Wales - around 330,000 total individuals responded as such.

Year Population
1950434,948
1951439,052
1952443,201
1953447,378
1954451,599
1955455,861
1956460,169
1957464,505
1958468,889
1959473,313
1960477,786
1961481,332
1962480,796
1963480,261
1964479,725
1965479,192
1966478,659
1967478,126
1968477,593
1969477,062
1970476,531
1971475,228
1972470,512
1973465,855
1974461,238
1975456,667
1976452,134
1977447,659
1978443,223
1979438,830
1980434,475
1981431,348
1982431,984
1983432,620
1984433,259
1985433,896
1986434,535
1987435,175
1988435,817
1989436,459
1990437,102
1991439,323
1992446,671
1993454,121
1994461,707
1995469,418
1996477,270
1997485,230
1998493,335
1999501,575
2000509,964
2001517,695
2002521,799
2003525,935
2004530,110
2005534,306
2006538,541
2007542,810
2008547,119
2009551,450
2010555,821
2011560,370
2012565,366
2013570,392
2014575,470
2015580,593
2016585,769
2017590,991
2018596,260
2019601,574
2020606,909
2021612,159
2022617,353
2023622,480
2024627,524
2025632,475
2026637,322
2027642,065
2028646,701
2029651,237
2030655,680
2031660,032
2032664,294
2033668,480
2034672,600
2035676,667

Brighton Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950434,9480.00%
1951439,0520.94%4,104
1952443,2010.94%4,149
1953447,3780.94%4,177
1954451,5990.94%4,221
1955455,8610.94%4,262
1956460,1690.95%4,308
1957464,5050.94%4,336
1958468,8890.94%4,384
1959473,3130.94%4,424
1960477,7860.95%4,473
1961481,3320.74%3,546
1962480,796-0.11%-536
1963480,261-0.11%-535
1964479,725-0.11%-536
1965479,192-0.11%-533
1966478,659-0.11%-533
1967478,126-0.11%-533
1968477,593-0.11%-533
1969477,062-0.11%-531
1970476,531-0.11%-531
1971475,228-0.27%-1,303
1972470,512-0.99%-4,716
1973465,855-0.99%-4,657
1974461,238-0.99%-4,617
1975456,667-0.99%-4,571
1976452,134-0.99%-4,533
1977447,659-0.99%-4,475
1978443,223-0.99%-4,436
1979438,830-0.99%-4,393
1980434,475-0.99%-4,355
1981431,348-0.72%-3,127
1982431,9840.15%636
1983432,6200.15%636
1984433,2590.15%639
1985433,8960.15%637
1986434,5350.15%639
1987435,1750.15%640
1988435,8170.15%642
1989436,4590.15%642
1990437,1020.15%643
1991439,3230.51%2,221
1992446,6711.67%7,348
1993454,1211.67%7,450
1994461,7071.67%7,586
1995469,4181.67%7,711
1996477,2701.67%7,852
1997485,2301.67%7,960
1998493,3351.67%8,105
1999501,5751.67%8,240
2000509,9641.67%8,389
2001517,6951.52%7,731
2002521,7990.79%4,104
2003525,9350.79%4,136
2004530,1100.79%4,175
2005534,3060.79%4,196
2006538,5410.79%4,235
2007542,8100.79%4,269
2008547,1190.79%4,309
2009551,4500.79%4,331
2010555,8210.79%4,371
2011560,3700.82%4,549
2012565,3660.89%4,996
2013570,3920.89%5,026
2014575,4700.89%5,078
2015580,5930.89%5,123
2016585,7690.89%5,176
2017590,9910.89%5,222
2018596,2600.89%5,269
2019601,5740.89%5,314
2020606,9090.89%5,335
2021612,1590.87%5,250
2022617,3530.85%5,194
2023622,4800.83%5,127
2024627,5240.81%5,044
2025632,4750.79%4,951
2026637,3220.77%4,847
2027642,0650.74%4,743
2028646,7010.72%4,636
2029651,2370.70%4,536
2030655,6800.68%4,443
2031660,0320.66%4,352
2032664,2940.65%4,262
2033668,4800.63%4,186
2034672,6000.62%4,120
2035676,6670.60%4,067

Brighton Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
London9,540,5761.22%
Manchester2,770,4340.74%
Birmingham2,645,5980.73%
West Yorkshire1,915,1340.69%
Glasgow1,688,9070.49%
Southampton943,7450.84%
Liverpool911,5460.56%
Newcastle Upon Tyne818,4520.57%
Nottingham800,3940.80%
Sheffield740,5320.71%
Bristol700,6301.02%
Belfast638,7170.65%
Brighton617,3530.85%
Leicester561,6350.84%
Edinburgh548,2061.03%
Bournemouth514,3130.84%
Cardiff484,5910.73%
Coventry438,7321.47%
Middlesbrough390,7720.46%
Stoke On Trent389,7540.51%

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