The population of Merseyside is 1,434,256 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Merseyside to be 1,442,988. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Merseyside grew by an estimated 4,346 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 53,486. Compare population by area.
Merseyside's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.3%, which is 0.1% lower than the average population growth rate in Merseyside for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
Merseyside covers an area of 647 square kilometres (250 square miles) and has a population density of 2,218 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 83 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Merseyside was 3,090, and net international migration into Merseyside was 3,606.
Merseyside's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Merseyside if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.48, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 10.2, led to population increases of 14,545 during the year, and Merseyside's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.0 resulted in a 17,127 population decrease. In total, a net 2,582 person natural decrease.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 2,920 in 2011 to a net 3,090 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 3,825 in 2011 to an inflow of 3,606 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 2,397 people in 2011 to -2,582 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 65% of the total change in population.
Data for internal migration is not available for 2012
Merseyside's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Merseyside's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Merseyside is forecast to be 1,463,821 in 2025 and 1,489,907 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