Sheffield Population 2021

735,292
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Sheffield's 2021 population is now estimated at 735,292. In 1950, the population of Sheffield was 644,924. Sheffield has grown by 5,134 since 2015, which represents a 0.70% 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 Sheffield, which typically includes Sheffield's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England, with a name that comes from the River Sheaf running through the city. Sheffield is one of the 8 largest regional English cities comprising the Core Cities Group, and the 3rd largest English district with an estimated 2014 population of 555,000.

City Size and Population Density

Sheffield is part of the larger Sheffield urban area, with a population estimated at 645,000. The city of Sheffield has an area of just over 142 square miles (367 square kilometers) with a population density of 4,000 people per square mile (1,500 per square kilometer). The urban area has a much higher population density of 10,228 people per square mile, or 3,949 per square kilometer.

Sheffield has over 250 gardens, parks and woodland areas with about 2 million trees. This gives Sheffield the highest ratio of trees to people of any European city.

Sheffield Demographics

The 2011 census found the racial and ethnic composition of Sheffield to be:

  • 84% White (81% White British, 0.5% White Irish, 0.1% Gypsy or Irish Traveller, 2.3% other white)
  • 8% Asian (4% Pakistani, 1.3% Chinese, 1.1% Indian, 0.6% Bangladeshi, 1.0% other Asian)
  • 3.6% Black (2.1% African, 1% Caribbean, 0.5% other black)
  • 1.5% Arab
  • 2.4% mixed race (1.0% White and Black Caribbean, 0.2% White and Black African, 0.6% White and Asian, 0.6% other mixed)
  • 0.7% other ethnic group

53% of the population of Sheffield are Christian, followed by Muslim (6%), Hindu (0.6%), Buddhist (0.4%), Sikh (0.2%) and Jewish (0.1%). More than 31% have no religion while 7% declined to state a religion.

Sheffield has a high percentage of well educated citizens, with the percentage of the population qualified to degree level increasing from 25% in 2005 to more than 33% in 2011.

Sheffield Population Growth

Sheffield experienced its greatest growth during the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution, when its population increased tenfold. For the past several decades, the city has been growing faster than the national average and it is projected to hit 600,000 by 2020.

Sheffield Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035808,8670.60%4,862
2034804,0050.62%4,923
2033799,0820.63%5,001
2032794,0810.64%5,087
2031788,9940.66%5,185
2030783,8090.68%5,276
2029778,5330.69%5,357
2028773,1760.71%5,424
2027767,7520.72%5,475
2026762,2770.73%5,494
2025756,7830.73%5,480
2024751,3030.73%5,427
2023745,8760.72%5,344
2022740,5320.71%5,240
2021735,2920.70%5,134
2020730,1580.70%5,096
2019725,0620.69%4,977
2018720,0850.68%4,886
2017715,1990.68%4,853
2016710,3460.68%4,820
2015705,5260.68%4,781
2014700,7450.68%4,749
2013695,9960.68%4,710
2012691,2860.68%4,691
2011686,5950.69%4,677
2010681,9180.69%4,654
2009677,2640.69%4,616
2008672,6480.69%4,596
2007668,0520.69%4,560
2006663,4920.69%4,528
2005658,9640.69%4,490
2004654,4740.69%4,473
2003650,0010.69%4,436
2002645,5650.69%4,406
2001641,1590.21%1,328
2000639,8310.11%705
1999639,1260.11%702
1998638,4240.11%702
1997637,7220.11%700
1996637,0220.11%701
1995636,3210.11%699
1994635,6220.11%699
1993634,9230.11%697
1992634,2260.11%698
1991633,528-0.08%-504
1990634,032-0.14%-880
1989634,912-0.14%-880
1988635,792-0.14%-884
1987636,676-0.14%-884
1986637,560-0.14%-885
1985638,445-0.14%-886
1984639,331-0.14%-889
1983640,220-0.14%-889
1982641,109-0.14%-890
1981641,999-0.21%-1,343
1980643,342-0.23%-1,493
1979644,835-0.23%-1,495
1978646,330-0.23%-1,498
1977647,828-0.23%-1,499
1976649,327-0.23%-1,507
1975650,834-0.23%-1,509
1974652,343-0.23%-1,511
1973653,854-0.23%-1,514
1972655,368-0.23%-1,521
1971656,889-0.14%-910
1970657,799-0.12%-773
1969658,572-0.12%-774
1968659,346-0.12%-776
1967660,122-0.12%-776
1966660,898-0.12%-778
1965661,676-0.12%-777
1964662,453-0.12%-780
1963663,233-0.12%-779
1962664,012-0.12%-781
1961664,7930.21%1,372
1960663,4210.28%1,876
1959661,5450.28%1,868
1958659,6770.28%1,862
1957657,8150.28%1,855
1956655,9600.28%1,854
1955654,1060.28%1,847
1954652,2590.28%1,842
1953650,4170.28%1,834
1952648,5830.28%1,833
1951646,7500.28%1,826
1950644,9240.00%

Sheffield 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%

Other Cities in United Kingdom

  1. Sheffield City Council - Sheffield population and information
  2. Sheffield City Council - 2011 census data for Sheffield
  3. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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