Population of Blackburn with Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen is a unitary authority area in Lancashire, North West England. It includes the towns of Blackburn and Darwen plus villages such as Belmont, Cadshaw, Chapeltown, Edgworth, Entwistle, Feniscowles, Hoddlesden, and Pleasington.

In the 19th century, the population of the region exploded as a result of an expanding textile industry.

In 1801 the population of the area was around 26,000. By 1911 it was approximately 182,000.

In the 20th century, as Blackburn’s textile industry declined, its population fell. By 2001 it had fallen to around 138,000.

The importance of the textile industry in the development of the area is explored in a dedicated gallery at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

The current population of Blackburn with Darwen is 155,800.

The borough has a diverse population. The percentage of ethnic minorities here is well above the national average.

From the 1950s, Blackburn experienced a flow of Muslim immigrants, mainly from India and Pakistan.

At the time of the last census, 27.00 percent of the area’s population identified as Muslim. Some areas of the town, such as Whalley Range, have almost no white, Christian residents.

Current Population Statistics

According to data from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS), the current population of Blackburn is 155,800.

As of , the latest ONS statistics are for 2022.

The table below details population statistics for Blackburn over the past few years, split by age group.

YearTotal Population
of Blackburn
Population Aged 0 to 15Population Aged 0 to 15 %Population Aged 16 to 64Population Aged 16 to 64 %Population Aged 65+Population Aged 65+ %
2013149,10034,60023.2194,30063.2520,30013.62
2014149,60034,70023.2094,20062.9720,70013.84
2015150,50034,90023.1994,60062.8621,00013.95
2016151,50035,20023.2395,00062.7121,30014.06
2017152,30035,70023.4495,10062.4421,60014.18
2018152,80035,50023.2395,40062.4321,90014.33
2019154,10035,60023.1096,30062.4922,20014.41
2020154,60035,40022.9096,80062.6122,40014.49
2021155,00035,20022.7197,20062.7122,60014.58
2022155,80035,40022.7297,60062.6422,80014.63

Population Growth

As can be seen from the data in the table above, the population of Blackburn increased from 149,100 in 2013 to 155,800 in 2022.

This represents a population growth rate of 4.49%.

Demographics of Blackburn - Age Groups

In 2013, 34,600 children lived in Blackburn; 23.21% of the total population.

In 2022, 35,400 children lived there, which was 22.72% of the total population. The percentage of children living in Blackburn in recent years has been falling.

In 2013, 94,300 adults lived in Blackburn, representing 63.25% of the total population.

In 2022, 97,600 adults lived there, representing 62.64% of the total population. The percentage of adults living in Blackburn in recent years has been declining.

In 2013, 20,300 elderly people lived in Blackburn, 13.62% of the total population.

In 2022, 22,800 elderly people lived there, or 14.63% of the total population. The percentage of elderly people living in Blackburn in recent years has been increasing.

Demographics of Blackburn - Gender

There are currently more females than males in Blackburn.

77,300 males were living there in 2022 (49.61% of the total).

78,400 females were living there in 2022 (50.32% of the total).

Population statistics by gender for Blackburn between 2013 and 2022 are shown in the table below.

DateTotalMales%Females%
2013149,10074,30049.8374,80050.17
2014149,60074,70049.9374,90050.07
2015150,50075,10049.9075,40050.10
2016151,50075,60049.9075,90050.10
2017152,30075,80049.7776,50050.23
2018152,80076,00049.7476,70050.20
2019154,10076,70049.7777,40050.23
2020154,60076,80049.6877,70050.26
2021155,00076,80049.5578,20050.45
2022155,80077,30049.6178,40050.32

2021 Census - Blackburn

The census is a survey of everyone in the UK on the same day.

In the UK, there is a census every 10 years.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the organization responsible for collecting and publishing official statistics in England and Wales. In Northern Ireland it is the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NIRSA), and in Scotland it is National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Census statistics provide detailed information about national and local demographics. Data from the census is used by authorities in planning and delivering public services, developing laws, and allocating resources.

The 2021 Census took place on 21 March 2021. It was the first census to be carried out primarily online.

Statistics from the 2021 Census (for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) will be released in summer 2022.

The census before this was carried out in 2011. Population statistics for Blackburn are detailed below.

2011 Census Data - Resident Population of Blackburn

As of today, the most recent published UK Census data was for 2011. Results of the 2011 United Kingdom Census showed that the total population of Blackburn was 147,489.

The number of males living in Blackburn was 73,547 (49.87% of the total resident population). The number of females was 73,942 (50.13% of the total resident population).

Population Density

Blackburn covers an area of 13,701 hectares. The population density was 10.76 persons per hectare.

2011 Census Data - Ethnic Groups in Blackburn

Whites were the largest ethnic group in Blackburn. 102,009 (69.16%) of the total population of 147,489 identified as white.

Blackburn has a lower percentage white population than the average for England (85.42%).

Asians were the second-largest ethnic group in Blackburn. 41,494 (28.13%) of the population identified as Asian.

Blackburn has a higher percentage Asian population than the average for England (7.82%).

EthnicityNumber%
White102,00969.16
Mixed1,8231.24
Asian41,49428.13
Black9330.63
Total147,489100.00

2011 Census Data - Religion in Blackburn

Christians were the largest religious group in Blackburn. 77,599 (52.61%) of the total population of 147,489 identified as Christian.

Blackburn has a lower percentage Christian population than the average for England (59.38%).

Muslims were the second-largest religious group in Blackburn. 39,817 (27.00%) of the population identified as Muslim.

Blackburn has a higher percentage Muslim population than the average for England (5.02%).

ReligionNumber%
Christian77,59952.61
Muslim39,81727.00
Hindu5740.39
Buddhist3060.21
Sikh1610.11
Jewish540.04
Other2950.20
No Religion20,37413.81
Religion Not Stated8,3095.63
Total147,489100.00

2011 Census Data - Resident Population of Blackburn - Country of Birth

125,695 (85.22%) of the 147,489 residents of Blackburn were born in the UK; 122,188 in England, 2,330 in Scotland, 522 in Wales, and 642 in Northern Ireland.

594 (0.40%) were born in the Republic of Ireland, 2,996 (2.03%) in other EU countries, and 18,204 (12.34%) in other countries.

Country of BirthNumber%
England122,18882.85
Scotland2,3301.58
Wales5220.35
Northern Ireland6420.44
Republic of Ireland5940.40
Other EU2,9962.03
Other Countries18,20412.34

Location and Transport

Blackburn with Darwen is located in Lancashire, North West England.

It is bordered by the Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Rossendale, Bury, Bolton, Chorley, and South Ribble.

The M65 Motorway runs from Colne to Preston, passing between Blackburn and Darwen. Blackburn with Darwen Services are at Junction 4 of the motorway.

Train stations in the borough include Blackburn, Darwen, Mill Hill, Cherry Tree, Entwistle, and Pleasington.

Blackburn is the busiest station. 

Services from Blackburn include trains to Rochdale, Colne, York, Headbolt Lane, Blackpool North, Clitheroe, and Preston.