The population of Rotherham is 264,984 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Rotherham to be 264,132. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Rotherham grew by an estimated -427 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 7,268. Compare population by area.
Rotherham's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was -0.2%, which is 0.5% lower than the average population growth rate in Rotherham for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.3%).
Rotherham covers an area of 287 square kilometres (111 square miles) and has a population density of 925 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 25 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Rotherham was 321, and net international migration into Rotherham was 354.
Rotherham's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Rotherham if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.69, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 10.4, led to population increases of 2,758 during the year, and Rotherham's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.3 resulted in a 3,259 population decrease. In total, a net 501 person natural decrease.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 386 in 2011 to a net 321 outflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 443 in 2011 to an inflow of 354 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 738 people in 2011 to -501 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 48% of the total change in population.
Rotherham's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Rotherham's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Rotherham is forecast to be 272,899 in 2025 and 277,482 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