The population of North West England is 7,367,456 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of North West England to be 7,420,258. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in North West England grew by an estimated 26,260 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 311,495. Compare population by area.
North West England's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.4%, which is 0.1% lower than the average population growth rate in North West England for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.5%).
North West England covers an area of 14,107 square kilometres (5,447 square miles) and has a population density of 522 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 22 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into North West England was 8,890, and net international migration into North West England was 19,406.
North West England's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in North West England if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.61, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 10.7, led to population increases of 78,327 during the year, and North West England's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 11.0 resulted in a 80,581 population decrease. In total, a net 2,254 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 7,072 in 2011 to a net 8,890 inflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 17,738 in 2011 to an inflow of 19,406 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 22,015 people in 2011 to -2,254 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 53% of the total change in population.
North West England's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
North West England's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of North West England is forecast to be 7,506,990 in 2025 and 7,627,756 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