Sunderland Population 2022

343,738
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Sunderland is a city located in Tyne and Wear, North East England. This coastal city is located along the River Wear, Roker, and Seaburn. Sunderland has a history as an important port for coal and salt trading and now is a center for industries including technology, science, and automotive. The city at the time of its last census in 2011 had a population of 174,286.

Sunderland Demographics

Based on census data, the majority – 93.6% -- of Sunderland’s population is White British. The population of Asian residents is 3.4% of the total population. Blacks account for 0.7% of the population. Some wards, however, have a higher population of ethnic minorities, including Barnes, Hendon and St. Peter’s.

When it comes to religion, data from the census shows that over 70% of the population identify as being Christian. Minority religions including Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish. Almost 22% of residents do not follow a religion.

Sunderland History

Sunderland’s history started all the way back during the Stone Age. Evidence of hunter-gatherers residing in the area during this time peiod have been discovered. During the 100s, the city was a fishing village that was known as Soender-land.

In the 1500s, salt was made in Sunderland from seawater. The seawater was heated using coal and when the water evaporated, there was salt, which was sold. Because of the need for coal, a coal mining community formed. The poorer quality coal was used to make salt, while the higher quality coal was traded at the city’s port.

During the 1600s, Sunderland was taken by the parliament. The city became known as Sunderland-near-the-Sea. In the late 1700s, barracks were constructed as well as an iron bridge.

Troubles came to the city during the 19th century when Sunderland was struck by Indian cholera. The city was quarantined and the port blockaded to prevent spreading. However, it spread across the country, killing over 32,000. In 1835, there was a demand for a more organized local government, so the Borough of Sunderland was established. In the late 1800s, the boundaries of Sunderland continued to expand.

Heading into the 20th century, the coal and salt industries were on the decline. Now, the city was involved in other industries including chemical, paper and auto manufacturing. An electric tram system came to the city in the early 1900s and ran through the 1950s.

Sunderland was a target during World War II. Over 260 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed. The city began to rebuild, and boundaries were further expanded in the 1960s. Shipbuilding and coalmining were suffering greatly and by the 1980s, 20% of the workforce in Sunderland were unemployed. The service and manufacturing sectors continued to expand during the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1992, Sunderland was designated as a city. In recent years, the city has become an industrial center, has many attractions that appeal to residents and visitors, and has a professional football team.

Sunderland Population Growth

Sunderland has seen some highs and lows in its population throughout the years, from a cholera outbreak that killed many people throughout the entire country of England to a period of unemployment that led residents to seek employment in other cities. In 2016, hundreds of people in the 16 to 19 demographic left the city, and it seems to be a trend for the younger generation to move away from Sunderland. The primary reason that the younger generation is leaving is because there are few job opportunities. The unemployment rate continues to be higher than the national average. It’s also been noted that the residents age 65 and older surpass those of the younger generation. With an older population and younger residents moving elsewhere to find new opportunities, it’s likely that Sunderland will see a drop in its population in the years ahead.

Year Population
2035372,304
2034370,066
2033367,801
2032365,503
2031363,170
2030360,802
2029358,412
2028356,021
2027353,656
2026351,353
2025349,162
2024347,131
2023345,312
2022343,738
2021342,427
2020341,366
2019340,491
2018339,788
2017339,182
2016338,577
2015337,973
2014337,371
2013336,770
2012336,172
2011335,572
2010335,553
2009335,742
2008335,929
2007336,118
2006336,306
2005336,495
2004336,683
2003336,872
2002337,061
2001337,249
2000339,439
1999342,072
1998344,723
1997347,393
1996350,081
1995352,797
1994355,530
1993358,285
1992361,057
1991363,858
1990348,474
1989328,464
1988309,629
1987291,826
1986275,069
1985259,274
1984244,406
1983230,353
1982217,126
1981204,658
1980203,364
1979205,450
1978207,555
1977209,682
1976211,827
1975214,000
1974216,192
1973218,407
1972220,642
1971222,906
1970223,454
1969223,615
1968223,775
1967223,936
1966224,097
1965224,258
1964224,419
1963224,581
1962224,742
1961224,903
1960224,025
1959222,906
1958221,794
1957220,687
1956219,588
1955218,491
1954217,401
1953216,316
1952215,239
1951214,163
1950213,095

Sunderland Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035372,3040.60%2,238
2034370,0660.62%2,265
2033367,8010.63%2,298
2032365,5030.64%2,333
2031363,1700.66%2,368
2030360,8020.67%2,390
2029358,4120.67%2,391
2028356,0210.67%2,365
2027353,6560.66%2,303
2026351,3530.63%2,191
2025349,1620.59%2,031
2024347,1310.53%1,819
2023345,3120.46%1,574
2022343,7380.38%1,311
2021342,4270.31%1,061
2020341,3660.26%875
2019340,4910.21%703
2018339,7880.18%606
2017339,1820.18%605
2016338,5770.18%604
2015337,9730.18%602
2014337,3710.18%601
2013336,7700.18%598
2012336,1720.18%600
2011335,5720.01%19
2010335,553-0.06%-189
2009335,742-0.06%-187
2008335,929-0.06%-189
2007336,118-0.06%-188
2006336,306-0.06%-189
2005336,495-0.06%-188
2004336,683-0.06%-189
2003336,872-0.06%-189
2002337,061-0.06%-188
2001337,249-0.65%-2,190
2000339,439-0.77%-2,633
1999342,072-0.77%-2,651
1998344,723-0.77%-2,670
1997347,393-0.77%-2,688
1996350,081-0.77%-2,716
1995352,797-0.77%-2,733
1994355,530-0.77%-2,755
1993358,285-0.77%-2,772
1992361,057-0.77%-2,801
1991363,8584.41%15,384
1990348,4746.09%20,010
1989328,4646.08%18,835
1988309,6296.10%17,803
1987291,8266.09%16,757
1986275,0696.09%15,795
1985259,2746.08%14,868
1984244,4066.10%14,053
1983230,3536.09%13,227
1982217,1266.09%12,468
1981204,6580.64%1,294
1980203,364-1.02%-2,086
1979205,450-1.01%-2,105
1978207,555-1.01%-2,127
1977209,682-1.01%-2,145
1976211,827-1.02%-2,173
1975214,000-1.01%-2,192
1974216,192-1.01%-2,215
1973218,407-1.01%-2,235
1972220,642-1.02%-2,264
1971222,906-0.25%-548
1970223,454-0.07%-161
1969223,615-0.07%-160
1968223,775-0.07%-161
1967223,936-0.07%-161
1966224,097-0.07%-161
1965224,258-0.07%-161
1964224,419-0.07%-162
1963224,581-0.07%-161
1962224,742-0.07%-161
1961224,9030.39%878
1960224,0250.50%1,119
1959222,9060.50%1,112
1958221,7940.50%1,107
1957220,6870.50%1,099
1956219,5880.50%1,097
1955218,4910.50%1,090
1954217,4010.50%1,085
1953216,3160.50%1,077
1952215,2390.50%1,076
1951214,1630.50%1,068
1950213,0950.00%

Sunderland 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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