The Office for National Statistics released new mid-year population estimates
from the UK today, revealing growth to have stalled since mid-2017 at the lowest level since 2004. Going into detail, Neil Park, Head of Population
Estimates Unit, commented: “For the fifth year in a row, net international migration was a bigger driver of population change than births and deaths. However, overall population change to the year mid-2018 has remained fairly stable as an increase in net international migration has been roughly matched by the fewest births in over a decade and the highest number of deaths since the turn of the century.”
From the 'baby boom', peaking in 1962, to the period of low fertility rates combined with more people migrating out of the country than entering it in the 70's, this infographic also offers an interesting look at population change over the last seven decades. The estimated population for mid-2018 is 66,436,000.