The population of Wolverhampton is 264,407 according to mid-2020 population figures published by the ONS. Based on recent growth rates we estimate the current 2022 population of Wolverhampton to be 266,520. In the year between mid-2019 and mid-2020, the population in Wolverhampton grew by an estimated 1,050 people, and in the ten years prior to mid-2020, the population grew by 14,555. Compare population by area.
Wolverhampton's population growth rate between mid-2019 and mid-2020 was 0.4%, which is 0.2% lower than the average population growth rate in Wolverhampton for the ten years prior to mid-2020 (0.6%).
Wolverhampton covers an area of 69 square kilometres (27 square miles) and has a population density of 3,808 people per square kilometre (km2), based on the latest population estimates taken in mid-2020. That figure has increased by 210 people per km2 over the past decade.
Between mid-2019 and mid-2020, net internal migration out of Wolverhampton was 1,027, and net international migration into Wolverhampton was 1,843.
Wolverhampton's fertility rate (the total number of children that would be born to the average woman in Wolverhampton if she were to live to the end of her child-bearing years) of 1.86, and birth rate (the number of live births per thousand of population per year) of 12.3, led to population increases of 3,229 during the year, and Wolverhampton's death rate or mortality rate (the number of deaths per thousand of population per year) of 11.6 resulted in a 3,058 population decrease. In total, a net 171 person natural increase.
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During the past decade, internal migration has risen from a net outflow of 1,305 in 2011 to a net 1,027 outflow. International migration has risen from a net inflow of 1,620 in 2011 to an inflow of 1,843 in 2020.
The natural increase in population, due to births and deaths, has fallen from an annual net increase of 1,240 people in 2011 to 171 in 2020.
International migration was the largest driver of population change over the past decade, representing circa 100% of the total change in population.
Wolverhampton's population, population density, and population growth rate, over the past decade.
Figures reported by the ONS in 2021.
Wolverhampton's forecast, population density, and population growth rate, over the next twenty years. Figures reported by the ONS in 2018.
The population of Wolverhampton is forecast to be 273,452 in 2025 and 279,846 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