The population of Tower Hamlets is 331,969 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Tower Hamlets to be 346,903. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Tower Hamlets grew by an estimated 7,224 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 75,957. Compare population by area.
Tower Hamlets's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 2.2%, which is 0.7% lower than the average population growth rate in Tower Hamlets for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (2.9%).
Tower Hamlets covers an area of 20 square kilometres (8 square miles) and has a population density of 16,778 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 3,839 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Tower Hamlets was 2,794, and net international migration into Tower Hamlets was 6,880.
Tower Hamlets's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Tower Hamlets if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.26, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 13.2, led to population increases of 4,302 during the year, and Tower Hamlets's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 3.7 resulted in a 1,216 population decrease. In total, a net 3,086 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 21 in 2011 to a net 2,794 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 5,038 in 2011 to an inflow of 6,880 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 3,452 people in 2011 to 3,086 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 80% of the total change in population.
Tower Hamlets's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Tower Hamlets's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Tower Hamlets is forecast to be 357,299 in 2025 and 375,609 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