Population

279,827

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Population Density

1,446 people per km^{2}

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Population Growth

0.25%

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Area type

Unitary Authority

Land area

194 square kilometres

Fertility rate

1.73

Birth rate

12.0

Death rate

8.6

internal migration

-0.2%

international migration

0.0%

The **population of Medway is 279,827** according to mid-2021 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2023 population of Medway to be 282,000. In the year between mid-2020 and mid-2021, the population in Medway grew by an estimated 685 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2021, the population grew by 11,697. Compare population by area.

Medway's population growth rate between mid-2020 and mid-2021 was 0.2%, which is 0.2% lower than the average population growth rate in Medway for the ten years prior to mid-2021 (0.5%).

Medway covers an area of 194 square kilometres (75 square miles) and has a population density of 1,446 people per square kilometre (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2021. That figure has increased by 60 people per km^{2} over the past decade.

- Medway's population of 279,827 is equivalent to 0.5% of England's 56,536,419 total population. Medway is the 20th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by total population.
- Medway's population growth rate of 0.25% is 0.08% lower than England's current population growth rate of 0.33%. Medway is the 38th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population growth rate.
- Medway's population density of 1,446 people per km
^{2}is 1,011 people per km^{2}higher than England's 435 people per km^{2}. Medway is the 20th Unitary Authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population density.

Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Medway was 449, and net international migration into Medway was 79.

Medway's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Medway if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.73, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.0, led to population increases of 3,344 during the year, and Medway's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 8.6 resulted in a 2,391 population decrease. In total, a net 953 person natural increase.

- Medway's fertility rate of 1.73 is 0.11 higher than England's fertility rate of 1.62
- Medway's birth rate of 12.0 births per thousand people is 1.3 higher than England's birth rate, and Medway's death rate or mortality rate of 8.6 people per thousand is 1.4 lower than England's death rate
- Medway's annual net international migration rate of 0.03% is below the English average of 0.4%

During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net inflow of 1,543 in 2011 to a net 449 outflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 148 in 2011 to an inflow of 79 in 2021.

The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,546 people in 2011 to 953 in 2021.

Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 85% of the total change in population.

Average salary

£37,126

Medway Salary

Average rent

£839

Rental Market of Medway

GDP

£ 6.7 billion

Medway Economy

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

Figures reported by the ONS in 2022.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2021 | 279,827 | 0.25% | 1,446 |

2020 | 279,142 | 0.21% | 1,442 |

2019 | 278,556 | 0.25% | 1,439 |

2018 | 277,855 | 0.09% | 1,436 |

2017 | 277,616 | 0.24% | 1,434 |

2016 | 276,957 | 0.65% | 1,431 |

2015 | 275,176 | 0.72% | 1,422 |

2014 | 273,212 | 0.93% | 1,412 |

2013 | 270,689 | 0.95% | 1,399 |

2012 | 268,130 | 1,385 |

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Medway's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.

The population of Medway is forecast to be 282,630 in 2025 and 285,244 in 2030.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2023 | 281,408 | 1,454 | |

2024 | 282,049 | 0.23% | 1,457 |

2025 | 282,630 | 0.21% | 1,460 |

2026 | 283,201 | 0.20% | 1,463 |

2027 | 283,750 | 0.19% | 1,466 |

2028 | 284,270 | 0.18% | 1,469 |

2029 | 284,763 | 0.17% | 1,471 |

2030 | 285,244 | 0.17% | 1,474 |

2031 | 285,706 | 0.16% | 1,476 |

2032 | 286,181 | 0.17% | 1,479 |

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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 2022. Data sources: ONS Local statistics