Manchester Population 2021

2,750,120
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Manchester's 2021 population is now estimated at 2,750,120. In 1950, the population of Manchester was 2,422,246. Manchester has grown by 20,044 since 2015, which represents a 0.73% 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 Manchester, which typically includes Manchester's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough and the principal city in the Greater Manchester metropolitan county in North West England. Manchester is the 6th largest city in the United Kingdom with an estimated population of 530,300 in 2016.

The Greater Manchester area is the second most populous urban area in the United Kingdom with a population of more than 2.55 million, which includes Manchester as well as several cities. Manchester also has the third largest economy in the United Kingdom and it is the third most visited city in the country by foreigners after London and Edinburgh.

City Size and Population Density

Manchester has a population density of 12,210 people living per square mile (4,716 people living per square kilometer) and is the 9th densest city in the United Kingdom. The area that Manchester encompasses comes to 44.6 square miles (115.6 square kilometers) in total for the city itself.

Manchester Demographics

The City of Manchester has the highest proportion of non-white people of any district in Greater Manchester. The 2011 census found the racial and ethnic composition of Manchester was:

  • White: 66.7% (59.3% White British, 2.4% White Irish, 0.1% Irish Traveller or Gypsy, 4.9% other white)
  • Mixed race: 4.7% (1.8% white and black Caribbean, 0.9% white and black African, 1.0% white and Asian, 1.0% other mixed race)
  • Asian: 17.1% (8.5% Pakistani, 2.7% Chinese, 2.3% Indian, 1.3% Bangladeshi, 2.3% other Asian)
  • Black: 8.6% (5.1% African, 1.6% other black)
  • 1.9% Arab
  • 1.2% other ethnicity

Since 2001, the share of Christians in Manchester has fallen from 62.4% to 48.7%, while the percentage of people with no religious affiliation increased from 16% to 25.4%. The percentage of Muslims has increased as well from 9.1% to 15.8%. Manchester has the largest Jewish population in Britain outside of London.

Manchester also has a percentage of gay and lesbian people that is higher than the English national average: 0.23% of people were in a same-sex civil partnership, compared to the national average of 0.16%.

There are several areas that serve as a center for ethnic minority populations, including Rusholme, Cheetham Hill, Moss Side and Longsight. There is also a Chinatown with the third-largest Chinese population in Europe.

Manchester History

Manchester's recorded history started with a settlement associated with the Roman fort Mamucium, established in c. 79 CE to ensure Roman interests in modern-day York and Chester were protected from the Brigantes, a Celtic tribe in what is now Northern England. Since then, the area has been permanently inhabited.

Examples of Manchester's early history are still evident today in the Manchester Cathedral (built in 1421) and the Chetham's Library, which has been open to the public since 1653. The city was mentioned as a market as early as 1282.

Manchester began to expand rapidly during the 19th century as more people came to the city for work from Scotland, Ireland and other areas during the Industrial Revolution. By 1835, Manchester was the greatest industrial city on earth.

Manchester Population Growth

During the 2011 census, Manchester was the third fastest-growing area in the United Kingdom with the greatest percentage growth outside of London, increasing 19% in a decade. Manchester is expected to continue its fairly rapid growth in the coming years.

Manchester Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,028,1040.60%18,202
20343,009,9020.62%18,434
20332,991,4680.63%18,721
20322,972,7470.65%19,052
20312,953,6950.66%19,422
20302,934,2730.68%19,777
20292,914,4960.69%20,100
20282,894,3960.71%20,392
20272,874,0040.72%20,634
20262,853,3700.73%20,785
20252,832,5850.74%20,829
20242,811,7560.74%20,751
20232,791,0050.74%20,571
20222,770,4340.74%20,314
20212,750,1200.73%20,044
20202,730,0760.74%20,002
20192,710,0740.73%19,629
20182,690,4450.72%19,315
20172,671,1300.72%19,177
20162,651,9530.72%19,039
20152,632,9140.72%18,877
20142,614,0370.72%18,741
20132,595,2960.72%18,581
20122,576,7150.72%18,499
20112,558,2160.81%20,446
20102,537,7700.84%21,026
20092,516,7440.83%20,824
20082,495,9200.84%20,709
20072,475,2110.84%20,508
20062,454,7030.84%20,338
20052,434,3650.83%20,143
20042,414,2220.84%20,030
20032,394,1920.84%19,837
20022,374,3550.84%19,673
20012,354,6820.41%9,539
20002,345,1430.32%7,446
19992,337,6970.32%7,412
19982,330,2850.32%7,388
19972,322,8970.32%7,355
19962,315,5420.32%7,352
19952,308,1900.32%7,319
19942,300,8710.32%7,295
19932,293,5760.32%7,262
19922,286,3140.32%7,260
19912,279,054-0.13%-2,895
19902,281,949-0.27%-6,078
19892,288,027-0.27%-6,087
19882,294,114-0.27%-6,119
19872,300,233-0.27%-6,127
19862,306,360-0.27%-6,144
19852,312,504-0.27%-6,152
19842,318,656-0.27%-6,184
19832,324,840-0.27%-6,193
19822,331,033-0.27%-6,210
19812,337,243-0.24%-5,587
19802,342,830-0.23%-5,418
19792,348,248-0.23%-5,422
19782,353,670-0.23%-5,436
19772,359,106-0.23%-5,440
19762,364,546-0.23%-5,468
19752,370,014-0.23%-5,473
19742,375,487-0.23%-5,486
19732,380,973-0.23%-5,490
19722,386,463-0.23%-5,519
19712,391,982-0.16%-3,844
19702,395,826-0.14%-3,472
19692,399,298-0.14%-3,472
19682,402,770-0.14%-3,487
19672,406,257-0.14%-3,487
19662,409,744-0.14%-3,492
19652,413,236-0.14%-3,492
19642,416,728-0.14%-3,507
19632,420,235-0.14%-3,507
19622,423,742-0.14%-3,512
19612,427,254-0.01%-240
19602,427,4940.02%526
19592,426,9680.02%525
19582,426,4430.02%525
19572,425,9180.02%524
19562,425,3940.02%526
19552,424,8680.02%524
19542,424,3440.02%525
19532,423,8190.02%523
19522,423,2960.02%525
19512,422,7710.02%525
19502,422,2460.00%

Manchester Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 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. Manchester City Council - Manchester's population, ethnic groups and ward map
  2. Manchester City Council - 2011 census analysis for Manchester
  3. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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