The population of The East Midlands is 4,865,583 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of The East Midlands to be 4,925,440. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in The East Midlands grew by an estimated 29,655 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 328,135. Compare population by area.
The East Midlands's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.6%, which is 0.2% lower than the average population growth rate in The East Midlands for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.8%).
The East Midlands covers an area of 15,623 square kilometres (6,032 square miles) and has a population density of 311 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 21 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into The East Midlands was 8,761, and net international migration into The East Midlands was 21,836.
The East Midlands's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in The East Midlands if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.55, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 8.6, led to population increases of 41,401 during the year, and The East Midlands's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 9.1 resulted in a 44,090 population decrease. In total, a net 2,689 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 3,889 in 2011 to a net 8,761 inflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 13,973 in 2011 to an inflow of 21,836 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 11,747 people in 2011 to -2,689 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 50% of the total change in population.
The East Midlands's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
The East Midlands's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of The East Midlands is forecast to be 5,048,384 in 2025 and 5,192,756 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