The population of Leicester is 354,036 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Leicester to be 353,660. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Leicester grew by an estimated -188 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 24,409. Compare population by area.
Leicester's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was -0.1%, which is 0.9% lower than the average population growth rate in Leicester for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.8%).
Leicester covers an area of 73 square kilometres (28 square miles) and has a population density of 4,827 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 333 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Leicester was 6,106, and net international migration into Leicester was 4,233.
Leicester's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Leicester if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.62, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.6, led to population increases of 4,480 during the year, and Leicester's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 8.1 resulted in a 2,864 population decrease. In total, a net 1,616 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 2,758 in 2011 to a net 6,106 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 3,275 in 2011 to an inflow of 4,233 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 2,991 people in 2011 to 1,616 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 131% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Leicester's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Leicester's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Leicester is forecast to be 367,890 in 2025 and 376,031 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