Population

354,036

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Population Density

4,827 people per km^{2}

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Population Growth

-0.05%

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Area type

Unitary Authority

Land area

73 square kilometres

Fertility rate

1.62

Birth rate

12.6

Death rate

8.1

internal migration

-1.7%

international migration

1.2%

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 (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 333 people per km^{2} over the past decade.

- Leicester's population of 354,036 is equivalent to 0.6% of England's 56,550,138 total population. Leicester is the 10th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by total population.
- Leicester's population growth rate of -0.05% is 0.52% lower than England's current population growth rate of 0.47%. Leicester is the 50th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population growth rate.
- Leicester's population density of 4,827 people per km
^{2}is 4,393 people per km^{2}higher than England's 434 people per km^{2}. Leicester is the 4th Unitary Authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population density.

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.

- Leicester's fertility rate of 1.62 is 0.03 higher than England's fertility rate of 1.59
- Leicester's birth rate of 12.6 births per thousand people is 1.9 higher than England's birth rate, and Leicester's death rate or mortality rate of 8.1 people per thousand is 1.9 lower than England's death rate
- Leicester's annual net international migration rate of 1.20% is above the English average of 0.4%

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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).

Average salary

£31,105

Leicester Salary

Average rent

£631

Rental Market of Leicester

GDP

£ 10 billion

Leicester Economy

Leicester's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.

Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2020 | 354,036 | -0.05% | 4,827 |

2019 | 354,224 | -0.28% | 4,830 |

2018 | 355,218 | 0.47% | 4,843 |

2017 | 353,540 | 1.15% | 4,820 |

2016 | 349,513 | 1.59% | 4,766 |

2015 | 344,036 | 1.64% | 4,691 |

2014 | 338,491 | 1.15% | 4,615 |

2013 | 334,631 | 0.77% | 4,563 |

2012 | 332,067 | 0.74% | 4,528 |

2011 | 329,627 | 4,494 |

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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.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2023 | 365,085 | 0.38% | 4,978 |

2024 | 366,458 | 0.38% | 4,997 |

2025 | 367,890 | 0.39% | 5,016 |

2026 | 369,471 | 0.43% | 5,038 |

2027 | 371,154 | 0.46% | 5,061 |

2028 | 372,797 | 0.44% | 5,083 |

2029 | 374,401 | 0.43% | 5,105 |

2030 | 376,031 | 0.44% | 5,127 |

2031 | 377,750 | 0.46% | 5,151 |

2032 | 379,398 | 0.44% | 5,173 |

2033 | 380,830 | 0.38% | 5,193 |

2034 | 382,122 | 0.34% | 5,210 |

2035 | 383,431 | 0.34% | 5,228 |

2036 | 384,685 | 0.33% | 5,245 |

2037 | 385,804 | 0.29% | 5,260 |

2038 | 386,744 | 0.24% | 5,273 |

2039 | 387,660 | 0.24% | 5,286 |

2040 | 388,622 | 0.25% | 5,299 |

2041 | 389,622 | 0.26% | 5,312 |

2042 | 390,619 | 0.26% | 5,326 |

2043 | 391,618 | 0.26% | 5,340 |

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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