The population of Sheffield is 589,214 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Sheffield to be 598,034. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Sheffield grew by an estimated 4,361 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 37,458. Compare population by area.
Sheffield's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.7%, which is 0.0% higher than the average population growth rate in Sheffield for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.7%).
Sheffield covers an area of 368 square kilometres (142 square miles) and has a population density of 1,601 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 102 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Sheffield was 1,755, and net international migration into Sheffield was 5,781.
Sheffield's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Sheffield if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.32, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 10.0, led to population increases of 5,865 during the year, and Sheffield's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 9.6 resulted in a 5,630 population decrease. In total, a net 235 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 497 in 2011 to a net 1,755 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 5,218 in 2011 to an inflow of 5,781 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,732 people in 2011 to 235 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 96% of the total change in population.
Sheffield's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Sheffield's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Sheffield is forecast to be 603,383 in 2025 and 618,261 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