Population growth rate of fastest growing cities in the UK 2017/18

Coventry was the fastest growing city in the United Kingdom in 2018, with its population increasing by 1.8 percent when compared with 2017. Wakefield, Exeter and Telford had the second highest population growth rate at 1.2 percent each.

Luton losing inhabitants
The town of Luton in the East of England saw its population shrink in 2017 by 0.6 percent, with Oxford, Aberdeen and Aldershot also witnessing population decline in the same year. Sunderland and Ipswich reported no population growth in the same period.

London looms over all
In 2017 the Greater London urban area had approximately 8.83 million people living there, far larger than any other city in the United Kingdom. The West Midlands built-up area centered around the city of Birmingham had a population of 2.9 million, while the urban areas around Manchester and Leeds had populations of 2.8 and 2.3 million respectively. London also added over 431 billion pounds to the economy of the United Kingdom in the same year.

Annual population growth rate of fastest growing cities in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017/18

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January 2020


United Kingdom

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* Cities detailed are the ten with the highest rates of growth.

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