Brighton Population 2021

612,159
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Brighton's 2021 population is now estimated at 612,159. In 1950, the population of Brighton was 434,948. Brighton has grown by 5,250 since 2015, which represents a 0.87% 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.

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.

Brighton Population 2021

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

Brighton Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
London9,425,6221.31%
Manchester2,750,1200.73%
Birmingham2,626,3740.73%
West Yorkshire1,901,9470.68%
Glasgow1,680,6690.44%
Southampton935,8680.86%
Liverpool906,4430.53%
Newcastle Upon Tyne813,8070.53%
Nottingham794,0080.81%
Sheffield735,2920.70%
Bristol693,5521.07%
Belfast634,5940.63%
Brighton612,1590.87%
Leicester556,9300.86%
Edinburgh542,5991.08%
Bournemouth510,0210.86%
Cardiff481,0820.72%
Coventry432,3861.60%
Middlesbrough388,9690.41%
Stoke On Trent387,7850.46%

Other Cities in United Kingdom

  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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