The population of St. Helens is 181,095 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of St. Helens to be 182,119. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in St. Helens grew by an estimated 510 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 5,690. Compare population by area.
St. Helens's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.3%, which is 0.1% lower than the average population growth rate in St. Helens for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
St. Helens covers an area of 136 square kilometres (53 square miles) and has a population density of 1,328 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 42 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into St. Helens was 825, and net international migration into St. Helens was 82.
St. Helens's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in St. Helens if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.63, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 9.8, led to population increases of 1,768 during the year, and St. Helens's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.1 resulted in a 2,186 population decrease. In total, a net 418 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 150 in 2011 to a net 825 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 113 in 2011 to an inflow of 82 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 434 people in 2011 to -418 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 69% of the total change in population.
St. Helens's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
St. Helens's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of St. Helens is forecast to be 184,977 in 2025 and 187,477 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