The population of New Forest is 179,649 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of New Forest to be 178,778. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in New Forest grew by an estimated -437 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 2,860. Compare population by area.
New Forest's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was -0.2%, which is 0.4% lower than the average population growth rate in New Forest for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.2%).
New Forest covers an area of 753 square kilometres (291 square miles) and has a population density of 239 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 4 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into New Forest was 335, and net international migration into New Forest was 220.
New Forest's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in New Forest if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.56, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 7.2, led to population increases of 1,297 during the year, and New Forest's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 13.1 resulted in a 2,353 population decrease. In total, a net 1,056 person natural decrease.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net inflow of 775 in 2011 to a net 335 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 297 in 2011 to an inflow of 220 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of -366 people in 2011 to -1,056 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 209% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
New Forest's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
New Forest's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of New Forest is forecast to be 182,111 in 2025 and 183,448 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