The population of Sunderland is 277,846 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Sunderland to be . In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Sunderland grew by an estimated 141 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 2,516. Compare population by area.
Sunderland's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.1%, which is 0.1% lower than the average population growth rate in Sunderland for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.1%).
Sunderland covers an area of 137 square kilometres (53 square miles) and has a population density of 2,022 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has by people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Sunderland was 403, and net international migration into Sunderland was 1,333.
Sunderland's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Sunderland if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.46, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 9.3, led to population increases of 2,584 during the year, and Sunderland's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.3 resulted in a 3,428 population decrease. In total, a net 844 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 1,219 in 2011 to a net 403 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 1,152 in 2011 to an inflow of 1,333 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 342 people in 2011 to -844 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 374% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Sunderland's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Sunderland's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Sunderland is forecast to be 277,445 in 2025 and 276,925 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