Reading Population 2021

344,810
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Reading's 2021 population is now estimated at 344,810. In 1950, the population of Reading was 161,649. Reading has grown by 2,693 since 2015, which represents a 0.79% 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 Reading, which typically includes Reading's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Reading is located in the Thames Valley in Berkshire, England and is designated as the county town. The town has a history dating as far back as the 8th century and was known as one of the area’s most important trading centers. It is believed that the town’s history could date back as far as the 6th century. Estimates in 2016 put the population of the Reading borough at 162,700, while the urban area had a population of 232,662 at the time of the 2001 Census. The population of the borough of Reading was over 155,000 according to the 2011 Census. The city is known for attracting many visitors around the world for its annual music festival and sports events.

Reading Demographics

Reading has a large population of Polish residents, with a community that was established over 30 years ago. Almost three-quarters of the population of Reading is white, as recorded in the 2011 Census. Over 65% of white inhabitants are White British. Over 9% of the population is Asian, while 6.7% are black, 4.5% are Chinese, and 3.9% are mixed race. In Reading, there are over 150 languages spoken throughout its residents.

Reading History

Evidence shows that Reading was inhabited in the 8th century, although its history may date back even further. It is believed that the city was named after the Readingas tribe. In the 1500s, Reading had settled into a role as a trading center and was the largest town in Berkshire. During the same time period, it was also one of the biggest towns in England by wealth. In the 1600s, its population exceeded 5,000 and was a town made rich through trading cloth.

In the 18th century, Reading became famous for brewing and was also known for its iron works industry. In the 19th century, the manufacturing industry within Reading expanded, and railways were constructed. Expansion continued throughout the 20th century and today, Reading has a large shopping center along with modern housing developments that continue to expand the town.

One of the most interesting things about Reading is that it is one of the largest areas in the United Kingdom that does not have city status. Reading has, however, attempted to apply for city status, with the most recent attempt occurring in 2012.

Today, Reading continues to be one of the UK’s most important commercial centers and is home to major shopping centers and is the location of offices and headquarters for companies including PepsiCo, Microsoft, Oracle and ING Direct.

Reading Population Growth

Reading has showed significant population growth since the early 1800s. A slight drop in population occurred between the 1970s and 1990s, but between 2001 and 2011, significant growth was recorded. Significant growth was recorded during the 2011 census among the 0 to 14 age demographic. As Reading continues to be a hub of commercial activity, the population is only expected to continue on a steady path of growth in the years to come.

Reading Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035380,2620.60%2,285
2034377,9770.62%2,315
2033375,6620.63%2,352
2032373,3100.65%2,393
2031370,9170.66%2,442
2030368,4750.68%2,489
2029365,9860.70%2,534
2028363,4520.71%2,579
2027360,8730.73%2,621
2026358,2520.75%2,656
2025355,5960.76%2,683
2024352,9130.77%2,699
2023350,2140.78%2,704
2022347,5100.78%2,700
2021344,8100.79%2,693
2020342,1170.80%2,709
2019339,4080.79%2,677
2018336,7310.79%2,643
2017334,0880.79%2,623
2016331,4650.79%2,602
2015328,8630.79%2,577
2014326,2860.79%2,558
2013323,7280.79%2,534
2012321,1940.79%2,521
2011318,6730.56%1,784
2010316,8890.48%1,519
2009315,3700.48%1,511
2008313,8590.48%1,507
2007312,3520.48%1,498
2006310,8540.48%1,491
2005309,3630.48%1,481
2004307,8820.48%1,479
2003306,4030.48%1,469
2002304,9340.48%1,462
2001303,4722.47%7,317
2000296,1552.90%8,345
1999287,8102.90%8,099
1998279,7112.90%7,870
1997271,8412.89%7,639
1996264,2022.90%7,445
1995256,7572.90%7,225
1994249,5322.90%7,021
1993242,5112.89%6,815
1992235,6962.90%6,641
1991229,0551.74%3,917
1990225,1381.38%3,068
1989222,0701.38%3,021
1988219,0491.38%2,988
1987216,0611.38%2,944
1986213,1171.38%2,903
1985210,2141.38%2,860
1984207,3541.38%2,829
1983204,5251.38%2,786
1982201,7391.38%2,748
1981198,991-0.22%-441
1980199,432-0.72%-1,447
1979200,879-0.72%-1,455
1978202,334-0.72%-1,466
1977203,800-0.72%-1,474
1976205,274-0.72%-1,489
1975206,763-0.72%-1,497
1974208,260-0.72%-1,509
1973209,769-0.72%-1,517
1972211,286-0.72%-1,533
1971212,8190.71%1,500
1970211,3191.03%2,163
1969209,1561.03%2,137
1968207,0191.04%2,122
1967204,8971.03%2,097
1966202,8001.03%2,075
1965200,7251.03%2,052
1964198,6731.04%2,036
1963196,6371.03%2,012
1962194,6251.03%1,992
1961192,6331.50%2,855
1960189,7781.62%3,024
1959186,7541.62%2,971
1958183,7831.62%2,925
1957180,8581.61%2,874
1956177,9841.62%2,836
1955175,1481.62%2,787
1954172,3611.62%2,743
1953169,6181.61%2,695
1952166,9231.62%2,660
1951164,2631.62%2,614
1950161,6490.00%

Reading 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%

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

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