The population of West Lancashire is 114,496 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of West Lancashire to be 114,877. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in West Lancashire grew by an estimated 190 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 3,879. Compare population by area.
West Lancashire's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.2%, which is 0.2% lower than the average population growth rate in West Lancashire for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
West Lancashire covers an area of 347 square kilometres (134 square miles) and has a population density of 330 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 11 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into West Lancashire was 358, and net international migration into West Lancashire was 246.
West Lancashire's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in West Lancashire if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.5, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 8.6, led to population increases of 985 during the year, and West Lancashire's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 12.4 resulted in a 1,415 population decrease. In total, a net 430 person natural decrease.
During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 242 in 2011 to a net 358 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 313 in 2011 to an inflow of 246 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 72 people in 2011 to -430 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 73% of the total change in population.
West Lancashire's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
West Lancashire's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of West Lancashire is forecast to be 115,553 in 2025 and 116,705 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