Nottingham Population 2021

794,008
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Nottingham's 2021 population is now estimated at 794,008. In 1950, the population of Nottingham was 640,859. Nottingham has grown by 6,398 since 2015, which represents a 0.81% 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 Nottingham, which typically includes Nottingham's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands of England, located in the United Kingdom. It is also the County town of the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire. Famous for being the home of heroic outlaw Robin Hood, Nottingham has a history going back to 600 AD. In 2014, Nottingham has an estimated population of 306,000.

Nottingham has a very small official city boundary, hence the small population of just 306,000. The wider Nottingham Urban Area, however, has a population estimated at 733,000, which makes it the 9th largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The population density of the city proper is 4,073 people per square kilometer, or 10,550 per square kilometer. The total surface area in the city proper comes to 28.81 square miles (74.61 kilometers squared).

Nottingham is also a major tourist destination, with the sixth highest tourism spending in all of England.

Nottingham Demographics

The 2011 census found the ethnic breakdown of Nottingham was:

  • White British: 65.4%
  • White Irish: 0.9%
  • White Gypsy or Irish Traveller: 0.1%
  • Other White: 5.1%
  • White and Black Caribbean: 4.0%
  • White and Black African: 0.7%
  • White and Asian: 1.1%
  • Other mixed: 0.9%
  • Indian: 3.2%
  • Pakistani: 5.5%
  • Bangladeshi: 0.3%
  • Chinese: 2.0%
  • Other Asian: 2.1%
  • African: 3.2%
  • Caribbean: 3.1%
  • Other Black: 1.0%
  • Arab: 0.8%
  • Other ethnic groups: 0.7%
  • BME (not White British: 34.7%

In 2005, it was found that 23% of Nottingham's population belonged to a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group, down to 19% in 2001. This percentage is predicted to rise to at least 25% by 2016 and account for at least 33% of all children in the city. In 2010, 30% of all births were to mothers born outside of the United Kingdom. Almost 34% of the population is not White British, according to the most recent census in 2011. Nottingham has a higher-than-average mixed race community than the country as a whole, with 6% of people being ethnically mixed, with 4% mixed white and black Caribbean.

Along with established BME groups, Nottingham is home to many migrant, refugee and asylum seeker populations. Most immigrants to the city come from EU Accession States, Asia and the Middle East. About 15% of the population has been in the United Kingdom since 1991 or sooner.

The population of Nottingham is fairly young, with 28% of the population between 18 and 29, compared to 16% nationally. 31% are 45 years old or older, compared with 42% nationally. This is most likely due to the fact that Nottingham has two major universities with about 60,000 students.

According to the last demographic census, 75% of the population of Nottingham consider themselves Christian, with other religions including Islam (0.5%), Sikh (0.3%), Hindu (0.3%), Jewish (0.1%) and Buddhist (0.2%). One-third stated they have no religion and almost 8% did not answer, which is the highest rate in the region.

Nottingham Population Growth

The earliest known population of Nottingham was around 35 people in the 4th century, which grew slowly to 1,500 people by the 11th century. Between the end of the 17th century to the start of the 19th century, Nottingham grew from 5,000 to almost 30,000 people. The city broke 100,000 sometime in the 1870s, then 200,000 in the 1880s. Nottingham peaked at 312,000 in 1961 before its population began a decades-long decline.

The 2011 census found the population of Nottingham increased almost 14% from the previous census, growing from 269,000 in 2001 to 306,000. This is one of the biggest increases in the East Midlands. This is attributed to rising birth rates, immigration and an increasing number of students.

Nottingham Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
2035876,3030.60%5,267
2034871,0360.62%5,335
2033865,7010.63%5,420
2032860,2810.65%5,517
2031854,7640.66%5,629
2030849,1350.68%5,742
2029843,3930.70%5,851
2028837,5420.72%5,963
2027831,5790.74%6,073
2026825,5060.75%6,172
2025819,3340.77%6,256
2024813,0780.78%6,321
2023806,7570.79%6,363
2022800,3940.80%6,386
2021794,0080.81%6,398
2020787,6100.83%6,459
2019781,1510.83%6,400
2018774,7510.82%6,329
2017768,4220.82%6,277
2016762,1450.82%6,226
2015755,9190.82%6,167
2014749,7520.82%6,117
2013743,6350.82%6,058
2012737,5770.82%6,026
2011731,5510.80%5,804
2010725,7470.79%5,700
2009720,0470.79%5,647
2008714,4000.79%5,618
2007708,7820.79%5,567
2006703,2150.79%5,523
2005697,6920.79%5,472
2004692,2200.79%5,444
2003686,7760.79%5,394
2002681,3820.79%5,352
2001676,0300.92%6,180
2000669,8500.95%6,322
1999663,5280.95%6,255
1998657,2730.95%6,195
1997651,0780.95%6,129
1996644,9490.95%6,087
1995638,8620.95%6,022
1994632,8400.95%5,965
1993626,8750.95%5,901
1992620,9740.95%5,861
1991615,1130.41%2,532
1990612,5810.25%1,499
1989611,0820.25%1,494
1988609,5880.25%1,494
1987608,0940.25%1,489
1986606,6050.25%1,485
1985605,1200.25%1,479
1984603,6410.25%1,480
1983602,1610.25%1,474
1982600,6870.25%1,470
1981599,217-0.73%-4,406
1980603,623-1.04%-6,321
1979609,944-1.04%-6,379
1978616,323-1.03%-6,445
1977622,768-1.03%-6,504
1976629,272-1.04%-6,590
1975635,862-1.04%-6,650
1974642,512-1.04%-6,720
1973649,232-1.03%-6,780
1972656,012-1.04%-6,870
1971662,882-0.49%-3,264
1970666,146-0.37%-2,455
1969668,601-0.37%-2,460
1968671,061-0.37%-2,476
1967673,537-0.37%-2,482
1966676,019-0.37%-2,491
1965678,510-0.37%-2,496
1964681,006-0.37%-2,513
1963683,519-0.37%-2,518
1962686,037-0.37%-2,528
1961688,5650.47%3,252
1960685,3130.67%4,586
1959680,7270.67%4,550
1958676,1770.67%4,519
1957671,6580.67%4,482
1956667,1760.67%4,465
1955662,7110.67%4,430
1954658,2810.67%4,399
1953653,8820.67%4,364
1952649,5180.67%4,347
1951645,1710.67%4,312
1950640,8590.00%

Nottingham 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. Nottinghamshire County Council - Population estimates and demographics for Nottingham
  2. Nottingham Insight - Nottingham population data and information
  3. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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