The population of South West England is 5,712,840 according to mid-2021 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2023 population of South West England to be . In the year between mid-2020 and mid-2021, the population in South West England grew by an estimated 53,697 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2021, the population grew by 373,101. Compare population by area.
South West England's population growth rate between mid-2020 and mid-2021 was 0.9%, which is 0.2% higher than the average population growth rate in South West England for the ten years prior to mid-2021 (0.8%).
South West England covers an area of 23,837 square kilometres (9,204 square miles) and has a population density of 240 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2021. That figure has by people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into South West England was 27,052, and net international migration into South West England was 12,399.
South West England's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in South West England if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.58, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 9.2, led to population increases of 51,499 during the year, and South West England's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 10.7 resulted in a 59,918 population decrease. In total, a net 8,419 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 19,436 in 2011 to a net 27,052 inflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 10,360 in 2011 to an inflow of 12,399 in 2021.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 9,293 people in 2011 to -8,419 in 2021.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 70% of the total change in population.
South West England's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2022.
South West England's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of South West England is forecast to be 5,879,879 in 2025 and 6,045,600 in 2030.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2022. Data sources: ONS Local statistics