The population of Stafford is 137,858 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Stafford to be 139,021. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Stafford grew by an estimated 578 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 6,963. Compare population by area.
Stafford's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.4%, which is 0.2% lower than the average population growth rate in Stafford for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.6%).
Stafford covers an area of 598 square kilometres (231 square miles) and has a population density of 230 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 12 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Stafford was 893, and net international migration into Stafford was 222.
Stafford's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Stafford if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.49, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 9.0, led to population increases of 1,233 during the year, and Stafford's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 10.8 resulted in a 1,477 population decrease. In total, a net 244 person natural decrease.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net inflow of 86 in 2011 to a net 893 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 281 in 2011 to an inflow of 222 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 102 people in 2011 to -244 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 71% of the total change in population.
Stafford's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Stafford's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Stafford is forecast to be 143,494 in 2025 and 147,804 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