Population of Manchester grows by almost 20% in 10 years, census data reveals – third highest in country

By Mancunian Matters staff

The population of Manchester has risen by almost 20% in the last decade, a rate nearly three times higher than the national average.

Data from last year’s census shows the populatation of the city lept from 422,700 in 2001 to 503,100 last year – an increase of 80,400.

Manchester has the third largest increase in population behind the London boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Nationally, the population of England and Wales leapt by 3.7 million over the last decade, the biggest growth between censuses since records began.

The number of people living in England and Wales stands at 56.1 million, a rise of just over 7% on the 52.4 million registered in the 2001 census.

Stockport was in the top 20 of lowest population growth with an increase of just 0.5%.

Around 55% of the growth in population, or 2.1 million, between 2001 and 2011 was the result of net migration, the Office for National Statistics said, with 45%, or 1.6 million, attributable to increased life expectancy and fertility rates.

Results also show that every region in England and Wales had a larger population in 2011 than 10 years earlier.

This growth in terms of population has benefitted the domestic gambling industry as well.

With almost 40 million registered accounts at online casinos* and gambling sites, nearly 44% of the country’s adult population (aged 18+) has been actively involved in online gambling at least once per month in the last calendar year.

*Data provided by

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