Population

441,290

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Life expectancy

80 years

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Major ethnic

79% White

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Area type

Metropolitan District

Population Density

1,080

Population growth

0.3%

Gender ratio

0.98 male to female

english main language

91%

birth rate

11.1

death rate

9.5

Major religion

53% Christian

Urbanisation

88%

The **population of Kirklees is 441,290** according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Kirklees's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.3% per year. Kirklees covers an area of 409 square kilometres (158 square miles) and has a population density of 1,080 people per square kilometre (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020.

According to the latest 2011 census, the population in Kirklees is predominantly white (79%), with non-white minorities representing the remaining 21% of the population.

The median average age in Kirklees in 2019 was 39.7, with over 18s representing 79.7% of the population. The sex ratio was 98.4 males to every 100 females. Compare average age by area.

In 2011, the urban population of Kirklees was approximately 373,540 or 88%, while the rural population was around 48,918 or 12%.

The largest religious group in Kirklees is Christians who account for 53% of the population.

English is spoken as the main language by 91.4% of people in Kirklees, and spoken either well or very well by 6% of the remaining population. 2.2% reported having poor English language skills, and the remaining 0.5% spoke no English at all.

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The **population of Kirklees is 441,290** according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Kirklees grew by an estimated 1,503 people, and in the ten years before mid-2020, the population grew by 18,320.

Kirklees's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.3%, which is 0.1% lower than the average population growth rate in Kirklees for the ten years before mid-2020 (0.5%).

Kirklees covers an area of 409 square kilometres (158 square miles) and has a population density of 1,080 people per square kilometre (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 45 people per km^{2} over the past decade.

According to mid-year population estimates published by the ONS in 2019, males account for 49.6% of Kirklees's 441,290 population, while females made up 50.4% of the total.

The sex ratio (the number of males for each female in a population) was 98.437 males to every 100 females in 2011. In England as a whole, the gender ratio was 98 males to every 100 females in 2011.

Age statistics collected by the ONS show the adult population of Kirklees, that is how many people there are over the age of 18, is 351,905.

Kirklees's age structure shows the working-age population to be 272,911 which is 61.8% of the population. People under the age of 16 represent 20.3% of the population, and over 65s represent 17.9% of the population. The percentage of the population that is of working-age has decreased over the last 10 years from 64.3% to 61.6%.

Kirklees's age pyramid shows how the population is distributed by age and gender.

The median average age of someone in Kirklees was 39.7 years in 2019. Split by gender, the average female age is 40.5 years, and the average male is 38.9 years.

Of the Kirklees population over the age of 90, girls outnumber boys by 2.2 to 1.

The life expectancy of someone born today in Kirklees is 80 years. Split by gender, a girl born today in Kirklees has a life expectancy of 82 years, and a boy has a life expectancy of 78 years. Compare life expectancy by area.

As a comparison, in England as a whole, current life expectancy at birth is 81 years, for females that rises to 83 years and for males it falls to 79 years.

The life expectancy for someone born in Kirklees has risen by 3 years over the past decade, from a life expectancy of 77 years to a life expectancy of 80 years. In England as a whole, life expectancies have risen by 3 years.

Age | Male | Female | Total |
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00-01 | 78.1 | 81.9 | 80.0 |

01-04 | 77.6 | 81.3 | 79.4 |

05-09 | 73.7 | 77.3 | 75.5 |

10-14 | 68.7 | 72.4 | 70.6 |

15-19 | 63.8 | 67.4 | 65.6 |

20-24 | 58.9 | 62.4 | 60.7 |

25-29 | 54.1 | 57.6 | 55.9 |

30-34 | 49.3 | 52.6 | 51.0 |

35-39 | 44.5 | 47.8 | 46.2 |

40-44 | 39.9 | 42.9 | 41.4 |

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According to the latest 2011 census, the population in Kirklees is predominantly white (79.1%), with non-white minorities representing the remaining 20.9% of the population.

Asian people were the largest minority group in Kirklees accounting for 16.1% of the population.

7,905 or 2% of the Kirklees population are black according to the latest 2011 census.

In England more broadly the portion of the population that is white is 85.4%. 7.8% are Asian and 3.5% are Black.

**White**- 334,112 people or 79.1%**Asian**- 67,782 people or 16.1%**Mixed**- 9,790 people or 2.3%**Black**- 7,905 people or 1.9%**Other**- 2,711 people or 0.6%

Estimates of personal wellbeing in the UK are published by the ONS annually, with scores for anxiety, happiness, life satisfaction, and feeling that life is worthwhile. Overall scores are based on surveying a representative sample of the population and are scored out of 10 (.e.g for happiness 0 is 'not at all happy' and 10 is 'completely happy').

Levels of reported Anxiety in Kirklees were 3.1 in 2012 and 3.2 in 2021. In the rest of England levels of Anxiety are currently 3.1.

Reported levels of Happiness in 2021 were 7.3, and 7.3 in 2012. In England, the average happiness indicator is currently 7.5. Of the 363 areas in England, Kirklees is the 303 rd happiest area in England.

Life satisfaction scores for 2021 are 7.5 and were 7.3 in 2012. For the feeling that things done in life are worthwhile the 2021 level is 7.7 and was 7.6 in 2012.

Average salary

£31,781

Kirklees Salary

Average property price

£207,556

Kirklees House Prices

Crime rate (per 1,000 people)

93

Kirklees Crime

According to the latest 2011 census, the most populous religious group within Kirklees is Christians, accounting for 53.4% of the population.

Kirklees has a Muslim population of 61,280 which is 13.9% of the population.

Compared to England as a whole, in England circa 59% of the population is Christian, 5% is Muslim, 2% is Hindu, and Buddhists, Sikhs and Jews each is around 1%. The remainder is split between people with no religion and those who decided not to identify a religion.

**Christian**- 225,667 people or 53.4%**Buddhist**- 845 people or 0.2%**Hindu**- 1,543 people or 0.4%**Muslim**- 61,257 people or 14.5%**Sikh**- 3,329 people or 0.8%**Other**- 129,659 people or 30.7%

Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2021. Data sources: ONS Local statistics