Newport Population 2021

317,707
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Newport's 2021 population is now estimated at 317,707. In 1950, the population of Newport was 116,824. Newport has grown by 1,336 since 2015, which represents a 0.42% 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 Newport, which typically includes Newport's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Newport is a city that is located in Wales, United Kingdom. This city has a history that dates back to the medieval times and today, it is known for being a university city. According to data recorded during the last census, Newport has the third highest population in Wales, with 145,700 residents.

The urban population of the city is more than double that, surpassing 300,000. Newport is also part of the Cardiff-Newport metro region, which has a population that exceeds 1 million people.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Newport in Wales has a total surface area of 73.35 square miles (190 kilometers squared) in the city proper. The population density had reached 1,910 living per square mile (738 residents living per square kilometer) by the census in 2011.

Newport Demographics

Close to 90% of the residents of Newport are White, according to census data. Asians account for 5.5% of the population, followed by 1.7% Black, 1.6% Mixed Race, and 1.4% identifying as another race.

Almost 57% of Newportonians, as the residents of Newport are called, are of the Christian religion. Census data show that 4.7% of residents are Muslim and 1.2% follow other religions. Close to 30% do not follow a religion, while an additional 7.5% did not choose to answer the question.

Newport History

Newport originally was a Celtic settlement approximately 2,000 years ago. During the Medieval times, the area was settled by the Normans. A motte and bailey style of castle was constructed during the 12th century (approximately year 1140), with remains still standing today.

In the late 1300s, the town was granted its first charter. For many years, Newport served as a small seaport. However, during the 19th century, the town’s location made it the ideal spot for exporting coal. Steel production also became popular during this time. The docks constructed in Newport also made Newport a hub for trade.

However, during the early 1900s, the docks went into decline. The Newport Dock Disaster occurred when a trench for construction of an improved port collapsed - trapping and killing workers and it continued to threaten the lives of those attempting to make rescues. Unemployment rates exceeded 34%, although the town was hit quite as badly as other areas.

During the Great Depression, the city continued to struggle, but bounced back fairly quickly. Llanwern Steelworks was built in 1962, roads were built, the public sector began to thrive, and Newport became home to tech companies. In 2002, Newport was granted city status.

Newport Population Growth

Newport has seen steady population growth since the 1800s. At the beginning of the century, there were just over 6,600 residents. This number exceeded 29,000 just 50 years later, then almost reached 50,000 just 30 years later. At the beginning of the 1900s, the city had a population of over 79,000. In the 1940s, the population exceeded 100,000. Now, the population is inching closer to 150,000. Although the rate of growth has slowed in recent years, growth continues to be steady, especially with a growing student population attending the University of South Wales.

Newport Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035346,5780.60%2,083
2034344,4950.62%2,108
2033342,3870.63%2,141
2032340,2460.64%2,174
2031338,0720.66%2,209
2030335,8630.67%2,235
2029333,6280.68%2,245
2028331,3830.68%2,237
2027329,1460.67%2,201
2026326,9450.66%2,130
2025324,8150.63%2,020
2024322,7950.58%1,874
2023320,9210.53%1,700
2022319,2210.48%1,514
2021317,7070.42%1,336
2020316,3710.38%1,208
2019315,1630.34%1,081
2018314,0820.32%1,008
2017313,0740.32%1,004
2016312,0700.32%1,001
2015311,0690.32%996
2014310,0730.32%993
2013309,0800.32%989
2012308,0910.32%988
2011307,1030.47%1,449
2010305,6540.53%1,606
2009304,0480.53%1,596
2008302,4520.53%1,592
2007300,8600.53%1,582
2006299,2780.53%1,573
2005297,7050.53%1,562
2004296,1430.53%1,559
2003294,5840.53%1,549
2002293,0350.53%1,540
2001291,4950.27%788
2000290,7070.22%632
1999290,0750.22%630
1998289,4450.22%629
1997288,8160.22%627
1996288,1890.22%627
1995287,5620.22%624
1994286,9380.22%624
1993286,3140.22%621
1992285,6930.22%621
1991285,0727.09%18,882
1990266,1909.34%22,740
1989243,4509.33%20,770
1988222,6809.35%19,048
1987203,6329.34%17,395
1986186,2379.34%15,910
1985170,3279.33%14,531
1984155,7969.35%13,327
1983142,4699.34%12,170
1982130,2999.34%11,131
1981119,1681.66%1,942
1980117,226-0.64%-752
1979117,978-0.64%-756
1978118,734-0.64%-761
1977119,495-0.64%-765
1976120,260-0.64%-772
1975121,032-0.64%-775
1974121,807-0.64%-781
1973122,588-0.64%-785
1972123,373-0.64%-791
1971124,1640.12%147
1970124,0170.29%357
1969123,6600.29%357
1968123,3030.29%356
1967122,9470.29%354
1966122,5930.29%354
1965122,2390.29%352
1964121,8870.29%352
1963121,5350.29%351
1962121,1840.29%349
1961120,8350.30%366
1960120,4690.31%370
1959120,0990.31%368
1958119,7310.31%367
1957119,3640.31%366
1956118,9980.31%366
1955118,6320.31%363
1954118,2690.31%363
1953117,9060.31%361
1952117,5450.31%361
1951117,1840.31%360
1950116,8240.00%

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

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