The population of Preston is 144,147 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Preston to be 146,193. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Preston grew by an estimated 1,012 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 4,093. Compare population by area.
Preston's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.7%, which is 0.4% higher than the average population growth rate in Preston for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.3%).
Preston covers an area of 142 square kilometres (55 square miles) and has a population density of 1,013 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 29 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Preston was 17, and net international migration into Preston was 760.
Preston's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Preston if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.71, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.0, led to population increases of 1,723 during the year, and Preston's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 10.1 resulted in a 1,445 population decrease. In total, a net 278 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 231 in 2011 to a net 17 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 666 in 2011 to an inflow of 760 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 766 people in 2011 to 278 in 2020.
Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 119% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Preston's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Preston's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Preston is forecast to be 144,299 in 2025 and 146,056 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