The population of West Suffolk is 177,302 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of West Suffolk to be 173,867. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in West Suffolk grew by an estimated -1,743 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 5,821. Compare population by area.
West Suffolk's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was -1.0%, which is 1.4% lower than the average population growth rate in West Suffolk for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.4%).
West Suffolk covers an area of 1,035 square kilometres (399 square miles) and has a population density of 171 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 6 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into West Suffolk was 540, and net international migration out of West Suffolk was 335.
West Suffolk's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in West Suffolk if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.8, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 10.6, led to population increases of 1,895 during the year, and West Suffolk's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 10.0 resulted in a 1,791 population decrease. In total, a net 104 person natural increase.
During the past decade, internal migration has fallen from a net inflow of 1,130 in 2011 to a net 540 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net outflow of 168 in 2011 to an outflow of 335 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 886 people in 2011 to 104 in 2020.
Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 64% of the total change in population.
West Suffolk's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
West Suffolk's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of West Suffolk is forecast to be 69,179 in 2025 and 71,102 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