The population of Waltham Forest is 276,940 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Waltham Forest to be 276,854. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Waltham Forest grew by an estimated -43 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 17,198. Compare population by area.
Waltham Forest's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.0%, which is 0.7% lower than the average population growth rate in Waltham Forest for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.7%).
Waltham Forest covers an area of 39 square kilometres (15 square miles) and has a population density of 7,136 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 443 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Waltham Forest was 3,837, and net international migration into Waltham Forest was 1,030.
Waltham Forest's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Waltham Forest if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.87, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 15.8, led to population increases of 4,363 during the year, and Waltham Forest's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 5.9 resulted in a 1,625 population decrease. In total, a net 2,738 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net outflow of 3,470 in 2011 to a net 3,837 outflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 4,290 in 2011 to an inflow of 1,030 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 3,490 people in 2011 to 2,738 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 173% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).
Waltham Forest's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Waltham Forest's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Waltham Forest is forecast to be 285,653 in 2025 and 288,771 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