Population

324,336

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Population Density

2,065 people per km^{2}

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Population Growth

0.10%

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Area type

Metropolitan District

Land area

157 square kilometres

Fertility rate

1.60

Birth rate

9.4

Death rate

13.2

internal migration

0.5%

international migration

0.0%

The **population of Wirral is 324,336** according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates **we estimate the current 2022 population of Wirral to be 324,987**. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Wirral grew by an estimated 325 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 4,499. Compare population by area.

Wirral'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 Wirral for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.2%).

Wirral covers an area of 157 square kilometres (61 square miles) and has a population density of 2,065 people per square kilometre (km^{2}), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 29 people per km^{2} over the past decade.

- Wirral's population of 324,336 is equivalent to 0.6% of England's 56,550,138 total population. Wirral is the 20th metropolitan district in England (of 36 total) when ordered by total population.
- Wirral's population growth rate of 0.10% is 0.37% lower than England's current population growth rate of 0.47%. Wirral is the 36th metropolitan district in England (of 36 total) when ordered by population growth rate.
- Wirral's population density of 2,065 people per km
^{2}is 1,631 people per km^{2}higher than England's 434 people per km^{2}. Wirral is the 24th Metropolitan District in England (of 36 total) when ordered by population density.

Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration into Wirral was 1,518, and net international migration out of Wirral was 13.

Wirral's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Wirral if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.6, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 9.4, led to population increases of 3,047 during the year, and Wirral's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 13.2 resulted in a 4,274 population decrease. In total, a net 1,227 person natural decrease.

- Wirral's fertility rate of 1.60 is 0.01 higher than England's fertility rate of 1.59
- Wirral's birth rate of 9.4 births per thousand people is 1.3 lower than England's birth rate, and Wirral's death rate or mortality rate of 13.2 people per thousand is 3.2 higher than England's death rate
- Wirral's annual net international migration rate of 0.00% is below the English average of 0.4%

During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 336 in 2011 to a net 1,518 inflow. International migration has fallen from a net inflow of 58 in 2011 to an outflow of 13 in 2020.

The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 239 people in 2011 to -1,227 in 2020.

Internal migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 120% of the total change in population (over 100% as other factors were net outflows).

Average salary

£31,486

Wirral Salary

Average rent

£613

Rental Market of Wirral

GDP

£ 6.2 billion

Wirral Economy

Wirral's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.

Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2020 | 324,336 | 0.10% | 2,065 |

2019 | 324,011 | 0.24% | 2,063 |

2018 | 323,235 | 0.14% | 2,058 |

2017 | 322,796 | 0.18% | 2,055 |

2016 | 322,216 | 0.16% | 2,052 |

2015 | 321,700 | 0.06% | 2,048 |

2014 | 321,503 | 0.26% | 2,047 |

2013 | 320,670 | 0.09% | 2,042 |

2012 | 320,389 | 0.17% | 2,040 |

2011 | 319,837 | 2,037 |

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Wirral's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.

The population of Wirral is forecast to be 327,415 in 2025 and 329,608 in 2030.

Year | Population | Growth rate | Population Density |
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2023 | 326,394 | 0.18% | 2,078 |

2024 | 326,930 | 0.16% | 2,082 |

2025 | 327,415 | 0.15% | 2,085 |

2026 | 327,873 | 0.14% | 2,088 |

2027 | 328,313 | 0.13% | 2,091 |

2028 | 328,753 | 0.13% | 2,093 |

2029 | 329,196 | 0.13% | 2,096 |

2030 | 329,608 | 0.13% | 2,099 |

2031 | 329,960 | 0.11% | 2,101 |

2032 | 330,364 | 0.12% | 2,104 |

2033 | 330,795 | 0.13% | 2,106 |

2034 | 331,267 | 0.14% | 2,109 |

2035 | 331,724 | 0.14% | 2,112 |

2036 | 332,211 | 0.15% | 2,115 |

2037 | 332,748 | 0.16% | 2,119 |

2038 | 333,328 | 0.17% | 2,122 |

2039 | 333,919 | 0.18% | 2,126 |

2040 | 334,513 | 0.18% | 2,130 |

2041 | 335,115 | 0.18% | 2,134 |

2042 | 335,728 | 0.18% | 2,138 |

2043 | 336,348 | 0.18% | 2,142 |

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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