Reading Population 2022

347,510
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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.

Year Population
1950161,649
1951164,263
1952166,923
1953169,618
1954172,361
1955175,148
1956177,984
1957180,858
1958183,783
1959186,754
1960189,778
1961192,633
1962194,625
1963196,637
1964198,673
1965200,725
1966202,800
1967204,897
1968207,019
1969209,156
1970211,319
1971212,819
1972211,286
1973209,769
1974208,260
1975206,763
1976205,274
1977203,800
1978202,334
1979200,879
1980199,432
1981198,991
1982201,739
1983204,525
1984207,354
1985210,214
1986213,117
1987216,061
1988219,049
1989222,070
1990225,138
1991229,055
1992235,696
1993242,511
1994249,532
1995256,757
1996264,202
1997271,841
1998279,711
1999287,810
2000296,155
2001303,472
2002304,934
2003306,403
2004307,882
2005309,363
2006310,854
2007312,352
2008313,859
2009315,370
2010316,889
2011318,673
2012321,194
2013323,728
2014326,286
2015328,863
2016331,465
2017334,088
2018336,731
2019339,408
2020342,117
2021344,810
2022347,510
2023350,214
2024352,913
2025355,596
2026358,252
2027360,873
2028363,452
2029365,986
2030368,475
2031370,917
2032373,310
2033375,662
2034377,977
2035380,262

Reading Population 2022

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

Reading 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%

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