Total population of the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 to 2022 (in millions)

Population of the United Kingdom (UK) 2012 to 2022 The statistic shows the total population in the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2016, with projections up until 2022. The population grew steadily over this period.
Population of the United Kingdom

Despite a fertility rate just below the replacement rate, the United Kingdom’s population has been slowly but steadily growing, increasing by an average of 0.6 percent every year since 2002. The age distribution has remained roughly the same for the past ten years or so, with the share of the population over 65 years old seeing a slight increase as the baby boomer generation enters into that age bracket. That share is likely to continue growing slightly, as the United Kingdom has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

The population of the island nation is predominantly whiteChristians, but a steady net influx of immigrants, part of a legacy of the wide-reaching former British Empire, has helped diversify the population. One of the largest ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom is that of residents of an Indian background, born either in the UK, India, or in other parts of the world. India itself is experiencing problems with rapid population growth, causing some of its population to leave the country in order to find employment. The United Kingdom’s relatively lower levels of unemployment and the historical connection between the two countries (which has also resulted in family connections between individuals) are likely reasons that make it a popular destination for Indian emigrants.
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Inhabitants in millions
201263.71
201364.11
201464.6
201565.11
201665.65
2017*66.03
2018*66.49
2019*66.93
2020*67.36
2021*67.78
2022*68.2
Inhabitants in millions
201263.71
201364.11
201464.6
201565.11
201665.65
2017*66.03
2018*66.49
2019*66.93
2020*67.36
2021*67.78
2022*68.2

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The statistic shows the total population in the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2016, with projections up until 2022. The population grew steadily over this period.
Population of the United Kingdom

Despite a fertility rate just below the replacement rate, the United Kingdom’s population has been slowly but steadily growing, increasing by an average of 0.6 percent every year since 2002. The age distribution has remained roughly the same for the past ten years or so, with the share of the population over 65 years old seeing a slight increase as the baby boomer generation enters into that age bracket. That share is likely to continue growing slightly, as the United Kingdom has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

The population of the island nation is predominantly whiteChristians, but a steady net influx of immigrants, part of a legacy of the wide-reaching former British Empire, has helped diversify the population. One of the largest ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom is that of residents of an Indian background, born either in the UK, India, or in other parts of the world. India itself is experiencing problems with rapid population growth, causing some of its population to leave the country in order to find employment. The United Kingdom’s relatively lower levels of unemployment and the historical connection between the two countries (which has also resulted in family connections between individuals) are likely reasons that make it a popular destination for Indian emigrants.
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Release date
October 2017
Region
United Kingdom
Survey time period
2012 to 2016
Supplementary notes
* Estimate.

Values have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

According to the source, these figures refer to the United Kingdom and include Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland.

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