Preston Population 2022

331,928
map placeholder

Preston is a city that is located in Lancashire, England and is the center of the Central Lancashire sub-region. This diverse city was granted city status in 2002, when Queen Elizabeth II had reigned for 50 years. According to recent estimates in 2016, the population of Preston is 141,800.

Preston Demographics

The city of Preston has a total population of 141,800. The population density is 2,580 people per square mile with a total surface area of 54.9 square miles in the city proper. The majority of people living in Preston are White British, accounting for over 82% of the population. There are 11.6% South Asian, 2.6% White Other, 1.1% White Irish, 1.5% Mixed Race, 1.1% Black British, and 1% that are another ethnicity.

Seventy-two percent of the population are Christians, according to data taken from the 2001 Census. Ten percent of the population do not follow a religion, while 8% are Muslim. There are smaller percentages of Sikhs and Hindus.

A survey found that half of all children living within Preston are living with impoverished families. Twenty-one percent of children live in homes where no one works, while 29% live with families that survive on working tax credits. The wards of Deepdale and St. George’s are the most affected by poverty.

Preston History

The non-metropolitan district of Preston was created in 1974, combining Fulwood Urban District, the County Borough of Preston and the Preston Rural District.

Preston was first mentioned in writing in 1086, and the writing indicates that Preston was already a town of great importance. In the early 1200s, it was the wealthiest town in the county. During the 1600s and 1700s, there were many battles fought here, including the English Civil War.

In the 19th century, Preston, like many other cities and towns, was affected by the Industrial Revolution. The small market town quickly grew into a large industrial town. The town had a local council and was designated as a municipal borough. By the 1900s, over 100,000 people resided in Preston, which was a thriving town. However, the cotton industry fell following World War I and unemployment rates increased.

Over the next few years, the primary industries of Preston were manufacturing and engineering. After the war, the population continued to grow as more immigrants came to the town to work in the manufacturing industry. The city’s economy was bouncing back, but then came a decline when a factory and docks closed.

In 2002, Preston gained city status.

Preston Population Growth

The city of Preston has seen its highs and lows through the years, but despite that, the population has continued to climb, albeit at a much slower rate than when the city was economically sound. The future population growth of the city is uncertain as unemployment rates and poverty continue to plague the city, and only time will tell if the economy of Preston bounces back and with it, brings new residents.

Year Population
1950253,942
1951254,853
1952255,769
1953256,685
1954257,607
1955258,531
1956259,461
1957260,391
1958261,326
1959262,264
1960263,206
1961263,735
1962262,491
1963261,253
1964260,019
1965258,793
1966257,572
1967256,358
1968255,147
1969253,945
1970252,747
1971252,037
1972253,482
1973254,931
1974256,391
1975257,858
1976259,337
1977260,820
1978262,313
1979263,815
1980265,327
1981266,844
1982268,372
1983269,908
1984271,456
1985273,008
1986274,571
1987276,143
1988277,726
1989279,314
1990280,913
1991282,368
1992283,342
1993284,316
1994285,294
1995286,276
1996287,263
1997288,251
1998289,243
1999290,239
2000291,239
2001292,422
2002294,504
2003296,600
2004298,714
2005300,838
2006302,979
2007305,136
2008307,311
2009309,495
2010311,698
2011313,738
2012315,290
2013316,845
2014318,410
2015319,983
2016321,565
2017323,155
2018324,753
2019326,409
2020328,158
2021329,984
2022331,928
2023333,996
2024336,176
2025338,446
2026340,779
2027343,147
2028345,523
2029347,889
2030350,233
2031352,542
2032354,813
2033357,046
2034359,245
2035361,418

Preston Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950253,9420.00%
1951254,8530.36%911
1952255,7690.36%916
1953256,6850.36%916
1954257,6070.36%922
1955258,5310.36%924
1956259,4610.36%930
1957260,3910.36%930
1958261,3260.36%935
1959262,2640.36%938
1960263,2060.36%942
1961263,7350.20%529
1962262,491-0.47%-1,244
1963261,253-0.47%-1,238
1964260,019-0.47%-1,234
1965258,793-0.47%-1,226
1966257,572-0.47%-1,221
1967256,358-0.47%-1,214
1968255,147-0.47%-1,211
1969253,945-0.47%-1,202
1970252,747-0.47%-1,198
1971252,037-0.28%-710
1972253,4820.57%1,445
1973254,9310.57%1,449
1974256,3910.57%1,460
1975257,8580.57%1,467
1976259,3370.57%1,479
1977260,8200.57%1,483
1978262,3130.57%1,493
1979263,8150.57%1,502
1980265,3270.57%1,512
1981266,8440.57%1,517
1982268,3720.57%1,528
1983269,9080.57%1,536
1984271,4560.57%1,548
1985273,0080.57%1,552
1986274,5710.57%1,563
1987276,1430.57%1,572
1988277,7260.57%1,583
1989279,3140.57%1,588
1990280,9130.57%1,599
1991282,3680.52%1,455
1992283,3420.34%974
1993284,3160.34%974
1994285,2940.34%978
1995286,2760.34%982
1996287,2630.34%987
1997288,2510.34%988
1998289,2430.34%992
1999290,2390.34%996
2000291,2390.34%1,000
2001292,4220.41%1,183
2002294,5040.71%2,082
2003296,6000.71%2,096
2004298,7140.71%2,114
2005300,8380.71%2,124
2006302,9790.71%2,141
2007305,1360.71%2,157
2008307,3110.71%2,175
2009309,4950.71%2,184
2010311,6980.71%2,203
2011313,7380.65%2,040
2012315,2900.49%1,552
2013316,8450.49%1,555
2014318,4100.49%1,565
2015319,9830.49%1,573
2016321,5650.49%1,582
2017323,1550.49%1,590
2018324,7530.49%1,598
2019326,4090.51%1,656
2020328,1580.54%1,749
2021329,9840.56%1,826
2022331,9280.59%1,944
2023333,9960.62%2,068
2024336,1760.65%2,180
2025338,4460.68%2,270
2026340,7790.69%2,333
2027343,1470.69%2,368
2028345,5230.69%2,376
2029347,8890.68%2,366
2030350,2330.67%2,344
2031352,5420.66%2,309
2032354,8130.64%2,271
2033357,0460.63%2,233
2034359,2450.62%2,199
2035361,4180.60%2,173

Preston Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
London9,540,5761.22%
Manchester2,770,4340.74%
Birmingham2,645,5980.73%
West Yorkshire1,915,1340.69%
Glasgow1,688,9070.49%
Southampton943,7450.84%
Liverpool911,5460.56%
Newcastle Upon Tyne818,4520.57%
Nottingham800,3940.80%
Sheffield740,5320.71%
Bristol700,6301.02%
Belfast638,7170.65%
Brighton617,3530.85%
Leicester561,6350.84%
Edinburgh548,2061.03%
Bournemouth514,3130.84%
Cardiff484,5910.73%
Coventry438,7321.47%
Middlesbrough390,7720.46%
Stoke On Trent389,7540.51%

Other Cities in United Kingdom