The population of County Durham is 533,149 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of County Durham to be 539,312. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in County Durham grew by an estimated 3,055 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 20,155. Compare population by area.
County Durham's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.6%, which is 0.1% higher than the average population growth rate in County Durham for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
County Durham covers an area of 2,226 square kilometres (859 square miles) and has a population density of 240 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 9 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into County Durham was 2,627, and net international migration into County Durham was 2,428.
County Durham's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in County Durham if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.42, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 8.8, led to population increases of 4,684 during the year, and County Durham's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.4 resulted in a 6,572 population decrease. In total, a net 1,888 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 255 in 2011 to a net 2,627 inflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 1,070 in 2011 to an inflow of 2,428 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 720 people in 2011 to -1,888 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 59% of the total change in population.
County Durham's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
County Durham's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of County Durham is forecast to be 541,478 in 2025 and 549,338 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