The population of Harrogate is 161,545 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Harrogate to be 162,983. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Harrogate grew by an estimated 714 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 2,862. Compare population by area.
Harrogate's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.4%, which is 0.2% higher than the average population growth rate in Harrogate for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.2%).
Harrogate covers an area of 1,308 square kilometres (505 square miles) and has a population density of 124 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 2 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Harrogate was 796, and net international migration into Harrogate was 313.
Harrogate's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Harrogate if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.64, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 7.8, led to population increases of 1,260 during the year, and Harrogate's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 11.7 resulted in a 1,888 population decrease. In total, a net 628 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 610 in 2011 to a net 796 inflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 66 in 2011 to an inflow of 313 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 72 people in 2011 to -628 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 111% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Harrogate's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Harrogate's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Harrogate is forecast to be 161,267 in 2025 and 161,270 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