The population of Reading is 160,337 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Reading to be 157,489. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Reading grew by an estimated -1,443 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 4,998. Compare population by area.
Reading's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was -0.9%, which is 1.2% lower than the average population growth rate in Reading for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
Reading covers an area of 40 square kilometres (16 square miles) and has a population density of 3,969 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 124 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Reading was 3,085, and net international migration into Reading was 762.
Reading's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Reading if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.78, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 13.1, led to population increases of 2,123 during the year, and Reading's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 8.0 resulted in a 1,291 population decrease. In total, a net 832 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 1,954 in 2011 to a net 3,085 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 312 in 2011 to an inflow of 762 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,644 people in 2011 to 832 in 2020.
Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 271% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Reading's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Reading's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Reading is forecast to be 164,371 in 2025 and 165,028 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