The population of Central Bedfordshire is 294,096 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Central Bedfordshire to be 305,302. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Central Bedfordshire grew by an estimated 5,448 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 38,452. Compare population by area.
Central Bedfordshire's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 1.9%, which is 0.3% higher than the average population growth rate in Central Bedfordshire for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (1.6%).
Central Bedfordshire covers an area of 716 square kilometres (276 square miles) and has a population density of 411 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 54 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Central Bedfordshire was 3,520, and net international migration into Central Bedfordshire was 1,164.
Central Bedfordshire's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Central Bedfordshire if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.7, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 11.6, led to population increases of 3,336 during the year, and Central Bedfordshire's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 8.8 resulted in a 2,545 population decrease. In total, a net 791 person natural increase.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 1,315 in 2011 to a net 3,520 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 1,378 in 2011 to an inflow of 1,164 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,410 people in 2011 to 791 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 52% of the total change in population.
Central Bedfordshire's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Central Bedfordshire's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Central Bedfordshire is forecast to be 302,966 in 2025 and 311,651 in 2030.
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