Leicester Population 2021

556,930
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Leicester's 2021 population is now estimated at 556,930. In 1950, the population of Leicester was 383,554. Leicester has grown by 4,752 since 2015, which represents a 0.86% 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 Leicester, which typically includes Leicester's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Leicester is not just one of the largest cities in England, it is also one of the oldest. The city dates to the first century B.C. and now owes its popularity to several factors. Leicester is located on two main rail lines running through the heart of the country and has had some recent fame from winning the 2016 Premier League – the first English winner in quite a few decades. The population of Leicester is certainly booming, and this ancient city looks likely to grow for the foreseeable future.

City Size and Population Density

England carries out a new census every ten years. The last poll was in 2011 with the previous census having been completed in 2001. The 2011 census showed that the current population had reached 329,939. That was an 11.8% increase from the 2001 census.

The area that the city of Leicester covers comes to a total of 73.3 square kilometers (28.3 square miles).

The population density of Leicester shows that the city is currently quite popular as there are 4,494 people per kilometer (12,000 people per square mile) in the city. These numbers do not include the outlying suburban areas of Leicester where the overall population is substantially higher at 509,000.

Religion

The religious aspects of Leicester are not as diverse as other cities throughout the world, but this is changing as more and more people convert to other religions, and the population continues to grow.

Currently, Christianity dominates at 32.4% of the overall population. The second religion that is popular in Leicester is Islam, with Muslims making up 18.6% of the population. Hindus are close to Muslims at 15.2% and growing with each passing year. Other religions in Leicester representing smaller proportions of the people are Sikhs at 4.4%, Buddhism at .4% and Jews at .1% of the overall population. Other religions make up .6% of the population and, at 22.8%, a significant number of the community claims to have no religious affiliation.

Education

Leicester has not become a popular city only because of its proximity to the rail lines. Its popularity also has a lot to do with the educational opportunities in the city.

The statistics show that only 8% of the overall population of Leicester lacks at least a high school diploma. Those that have had some high school education or graduated are at 14.3%. The largest percentage are individuals that have had some college education in apprenticeships and trade schools at 31.5%. Associates degrees make up 12.3% of the population, while bachelor degrees make up 23.9%. Those working towards advanced degrees do find themselves in a minority position as only 10% of the population pursues graduate degrees of some form.

Crime Rate

In some cities, crime rates are not something that is commonly talked about, but Leicester is quite a different story. The crime rates for all the standard crimes in the city are actually below the national average. The only exception to that rule is the number of anti-social crimes in Leicester. That is certainly not bad for a city of this size.

Leicester Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035615,5360.60%3,700
2034611,8360.62%3,748
2033608,0880.63%3,807
2032604,2810.65%3,877
2031600,4040.66%3,958
2030596,4460.68%4,041
2029592,4050.70%4,125
2028588,2800.72%4,215
2027584,0650.74%4,310
2026579,7550.77%4,403
2025575,3520.79%4,494
2024570,8580.81%4,576
2023566,2820.83%4,647
2022561,6350.84%4,705
2021556,9300.86%4,752
2020552,1780.88%4,826
2019547,3520.89%4,805
2018542,5470.89%4,764
2017537,7830.89%4,721
2016533,0620.89%4,680
2015528,3820.88%4,632
2014523,7500.88%4,591
2013519,1590.88%4,545
2012514,6140.89%4,518
2011510,0961.12%5,642
2010504,4541.20%5,991
2009498,4631.20%5,912
2008492,5511.20%5,858
2007486,6931.20%5,781
2006480,9121.20%5,712
2005475,2001.20%5,636
2004469,5641.20%5,585
2003463,9791.20%5,510
2002458,4691.20%5,446
2001453,0230.69%3,100
2000449,9230.58%2,613
1999447,3100.58%2,594
1998444,7160.58%2,580
1997442,1360.58%2,561
1996439,5750.58%2,553
1995437,0220.58%2,534
1994434,4880.58%2,520
1993431,9680.58%2,502
1992429,4660.58%2,494
1991426,9720.45%1,932
1990425,0400.41%1,753
1989423,2870.41%1,743
1988421,5440.41%1,740
1987419,8040.41%1,732
1986418,0720.41%1,724
1985416,3480.41%1,714
1984414,6340.41%1,712
1983412,9220.41%1,703
1982411,2190.41%1,696
1981409,523-0.02%-94
1980409,617-0.16%-656
1979410,273-0.16%-655
1978410,928-0.16%-657
1977411,585-0.16%-657
1976412,242-0.16%-660
1975412,902-0.16%-660
1974413,562-0.16%-661
1973414,223-0.16%-661
1972414,884-0.16%-664
1971415,548-0.14%-579
1970416,127-0.13%-561
1969416,688-0.13%-561
1968417,249-0.13%-564
1967417,813-0.13%-563
1966418,376-0.13%-564
1965418,940-0.13%-564
1964419,504-0.13%-566
1963420,070-0.13%-567
1962420,637-0.13%-567
1961421,2040.68%2,845
1960418,3590.87%3,622
1959414,7370.87%3,587
1958411,1500.87%3,555
1957407,5950.87%3,520
1956404,0750.87%3,499
1955400,5760.87%3,464
1954397,1120.87%3,433
1953393,6790.87%3,400
1952390,2790.87%3,379
1951386,9000.87%3,346
1950383,5540.00%

Leicester 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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