The population of Oldham is 237,628 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Oldham to be 238,667. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Oldham grew by an estimated 518 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 12,471. Compare population by area.
Oldham'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 Oldham for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.6%).
Oldham covers an area of 142 square kilometres (55 square miles) and has a population density of 1,669 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 88 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Oldham was 1,133, and net international migration into Oldham was 905.
Oldham's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Oldham if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.95, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 13.0, led to population increases of 3,076 during the year, and Oldham's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 10.0 resulted in a 2,367 population decrease. In total, a net 709 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 783 in 2011 to a net 1,133 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 656 in 2011 to an inflow of 905 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,244 people in 2011 to 709 in 2020.
Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 86% of the total change in population.
Oldham's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Oldham's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Oldham is forecast to be 244,539 in 2025 and 249,440 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