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Birmingham City Council

Population in Birmingham

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Over 1 Million people live in Birmingham. The latest estimate is 1,085,400, (based on the 2012 mid-year population estimate). Key facts about Birmingham are below.

Birmingham is a youthful city

  • We have more people in the younger age groups, while England as a whole has a greater proportion of older people.
  • The 'bulge' around the 20-24 age group is mainly due to students coming to study at the City’s Universities.
  • 45.7% of Birmingham residents are under 30, compared with 36.8% for England. In contrast 12.9% of our residents are over 65, compared with 16.9% nationally.

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Birmingham is a diverse city

  • Around 42% of our residents were from an ethnic group other than White.
  • 46.1% of Birmingham residents said they were Christian, 21.8% Muslim and 19.3% had no religion.
  • 22% of our residents were born outside the UK, compared with 14% in England and 11% in the West Midlands region.

Birmingham is a growing city

  • Since 2001 the population has increased by almost 100,000 (10.2%). This is an average rate of 0.9% per year.
  • The population increase over the last decade is associated with more births, fewer deaths and international migration.

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Last Updated : 6th January 2014