The population of Merton is 206,453 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Merton to be 206,263. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Merton grew by an estimated -95 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 5,910. Compare population by area.
Merton's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.0%, which is 0.4% lower than the average population growth rate in Merton for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.3%).
Merton covers an area of 38 square kilometres (15 square miles) and has a population density of 5,487 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 157 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Merton was 1,679, and net international migration into Merton was 160.
Merton's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Merton if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.71, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 13.9, led to population increases of 2,865 during the year, and Merton's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 7.2 resulted in a 1,488 population decrease. In total, a net 1,377 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 866 in 2011 to a net 1,679 outflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 1,629 in 2011 to an inflow of 160 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 2,415 people in 2011 to 1,377 in 2020.
Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 225% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Merton's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Merton's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Merton is forecast to be 206,862 in 2025 and 206,979 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