Population

216,349

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Population Density

630 people per km^{2}

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Population Growth

6.77%

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Area type

Unitary Authority

Land area

343 square kilometres

Fertility rate

2.01

Birth rate

13.6

Death rate

8.4

internal migration

-0.6%

international migration

0.4%

The **population of Peterborough is 216,349** according to mid-2021 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2023 population of Peterborough to be 222,000. In the year between mid-2020 and mid-2021, the population in Peterborough grew by an estimated 13,723 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2021, the population grew by 29,753. Compare population by area.

Peterborough's population growth rate between mid-2020 and mid-2021 was 6.8%, which is 5.1% higher than the average population growth rate in Peterborough for the ten years prior to mid-2021 (1.7%).

Peterborough covers an area of 343 square kilometres (133 square miles) and has a population density of 630 people per square kilometre (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2021. That figure has increased by 87 people per km^{2} over the past decade.

- Peterborough's population of 216,349 is equivalent to 0.4% of England's 56,536,419 total population. Peterborough is the 30th unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by total population.
- Peterborough's population growth rate of 6.77% is 6.44% higher than England's current population growth rate of 0.33%. Peterborough is the 2nd unitary authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population growth rate.
- Peterborough's population density of 630 people per km
^{2}is 195 people per km^{2}higher than England's 435 people per km^{2}. Peterborough is the 34th Unitary Authority in England (of 59 total) when ordered by population density.

Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Peterborough was 1,404, and net international migration into Peterborough was 896.

Peterborough's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Peterborough if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 2.01, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 13.6, led to population increases of 2,758 during the year, and Peterborough's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 8.4 resulted in a 1,694 population decrease. In total, a net 1,064 person natural increase.

- Peterborough's fertility rate of 2.01 is 0.39 higher than England's fertility rate of 1.62
- Peterborough's birth rate of 13.6 births per thousand people is 2.9 higher than England's birth rate, and Peterborough's death rate or mortality rate of 8.4 people per thousand is 1.6 lower than England's death rate
- Peterborough's annual net international migration rate of 0.41% is above the English average of 0.4%

During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 1,002 in 2011 to a net 1,404 outflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 1,338 in 2011 to an inflow of 896 in 2021.

The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,793 people in 2011 to 1,064 in 2021.

Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 75% of the total change in population.

Average salary

£37,038

Peterborough Salary

Average rent

£717

Rental Market of Peterborough

GDP

£ 7.2 billion

Peterborough Economy

Peterborough'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 | 216,349 | 6.77% | 630 |

2020 | 202,626 | 0.18% | 590 |

2019 | 202,259 | 0.61% | 589 |

2018 | 201,041 | 1.07% | 585 |

2017 | 198,914 | 1.11% | 579 |

2016 | 196,735 | 1.59% | 573 |

2015 | 193,657 | 1.66% | 564 |

2014 | 190,493 | 1.13% | 555 |

2013 | 188,371 | 0.95% | 549 |

2012 | 186,596 | 543 |

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

The population of Peterborough is forecast to be 214,847 in 2025 and 221,063 in 2030.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2023 | 211,688 | 616 | |

2024 | 213,343 | 0.78% | 621 |

2025 | 214,847 | 0.71% | 626 |

2026 | 216,231 | 0.64% | 630 |

2027 | 217,530 | 0.60% | 634 |

2028 | 218,774 | 0.57% | 637 |

2029 | 219,948 | 0.54% | 641 |

2030 | 221,063 | 0.51% | 644 |

2031 | 222,079 | 0.46% | 647 |

2032 | 223,075 | 0.45% | 650 |

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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