Population

143,734

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Population Density

2,667 people per km^{2}

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Population Growth

1.73%

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Area type

Unitary Authority

Land area

54 square kilometres

Fertility rate

1.81

Birth rate

12.6

Death rate

12.3

internal migration

-0.6%

international migration

0.8%

The **population of Middlesbrough is 143,734** according to mid-2021 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2023 population of Middlesbrough to be 145,000. In the year between mid-2020 and mid-2021, the population in Middlesbrough grew by an estimated 2,449 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2021, the population grew by 5,008. Compare population by area.

Middlesbrough's population growth rate between mid-2020 and mid-2021 was 1.7%, which is 1.3% higher than the average population growth rate in Middlesbrough for the ten years prior to mid-2021 (0.4%).

Middlesbrough covers an area of 54 square kilometres (21 square miles) and has a population density of 2,667 people per square kilometre (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2021. That figure has increased by 93 people per km^{2} over the past decade.

- Middlesbrough's population of 143,734 is equivalent to 0.3% of England's 56,536,419 total population. Middlesbrough is the 49th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by total population.
- Middlesbrough's population growth rate of 1.73% is 1.40% higher than England's current population growth rate of 0.33%. Middlesbrough is the 24th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population growth rate.
- Middlesbrough's population density of 2,667 people per km
^{2}is 2,232 people per km^{2}higher than England's 435 people per km^{2}. Middlesbrough is the 16th Unitary Authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population density.

Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Middlesbrough was 908, and net international migration into Middlesbrough was 1,134.

Middlesbrough's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Middlesbrough if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.81, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.6, led to population increases of 1,783 during the year, and Middlesbrough's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.3 resulted in a 1,735 population decrease. In total, a net 48 person natural increase.

- Middlesbrough's fertility rate of 1.81 is 0.19 higher than England's fertility rate of 1.62
- Middlesbrough's birth rate of 12.6 births per thousand people is 1.9 higher than England's birth rate, and Middlesbrough's death rate or mortality rate of 12.3 people per thousand is 2.3 higher than England's death rate
- Middlesbrough's annual net international migration rate of 0.79% is above the English average of 0.4%

During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 673 in 2011 to a net 908 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 395 in 2011 to an inflow of 1,134 in 2021.

The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 640 people in 2011 to 48 in 2021.

International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 270% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).

Average salary

£32,743

Middlesbrough Salary

Average rent

£492

Rental Market of Middlesbrough

GDP

£ 3.3 billion

Middlesbrough Economy

Middlesbrough'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 | 143,734 | 1.73% | 2,667 |

2020 | 141,285 | 0.22% | 2,622 |

2019 | 140,980 | 0.31% | 2,616 |

2018 | 140,545 | -0.07% | 2,608 |

2017 | 140,639 | 0.22% | 2,610 |

2016 | 140,326 | 0.73% | 2,604 |

2015 | 139,310 | 0.23% | 2,585 |

2014 | 138,991 | 0.06% | 2,579 |

2013 | 138,911 | 0.13% | 2,578 |

2012 | 138,726 | 2,574 |

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

The population of Middlesbrough is forecast to be 139,762 in 2025 and 139,361 in 2030.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2023 | 140,037 | 2,599 | |

2024 | 139,900 | -0.10% | 2,596 |

2025 | 139,762 | -0.10% | 2,594 |

2026 | 139,650 | -0.08% | 2,591 |

2027 | 139,558 | -0.07% | 2,590 |

2028 | 139,483 | -0.05% | 2,588 |

2029 | 139,422 | -0.04% | 2,587 |

2030 | 139,361 | -0.04% | 2,586 |

2031 | 139,314 | -0.03% | 2,585 |

2032 | 139,255 | -0.04% | 2,584 |

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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