The population of Rochdale is 223,659 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Rochdale to be 226,174. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Rochdale grew by an estimated 1,247 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 11,730. Compare population by area.
Rochdale's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.6%, which is 0.0% lower than the average population growth rate in Rochdale for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.6%).
Rochdale covers an area of 158 square kilometres (61 square miles) and has a population density of 1,414 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 74 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Rochdale was 52, and net international migration into Rochdale was 592.
Rochdale's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Rochdale if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.88, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.6, led to population increases of 2,805 during the year, and Rochdale's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 10.2 resulted in a 2,265 population decrease. In total, a net 540 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 750 in 2011 to a net 52 inflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 286 in 2011 to an inflow of 592 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,182 people in 2011 to 540 in 2020.
Births and deaths was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 78% of the total change in population.
Rochdale's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Rochdale's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Rochdale is forecast to be 230,606 in 2025 and 236,439 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