Bury Population

Bury is a town and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, North West England. The metropolitan borough includes Bury itself and the outlying towns of Ramsbottom, Tottington, Radcliffe, Whitefield, and Prestwich.

The current population of Bury (metropolitan borough) is 190,700. It is the least populated of the 10 metropolitan boroughs in Greater Manchester.

Prestwich and Whitefield have large Jewish communities.

Current Population Statistics

According to data from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS), the current population of Bury is 190,700.

As of , the latest ONS statistics are for 2020.

Population statistics for Bury between 2011 and 2020, split by age group, are shown in the table below.

YearTotal Population
of Bury
Population Aged 0 to 15Population Aged 0 to 15 %Population Aged 16 to 64Population Aged 16 to 64 %Population Aged 65+Population Aged 65+ %
2011185,40037,10020.01118,50063.9229,80016.07
2012186,20037,50020.14117,60063.1631,10016.70
2013186,50037,60020.16116,90062.6831,90017.10
2014187,30037,90020.23116,60062.2532,80017.51
2015187,80038,00020.23116,40061.9833,40017.78
2016188,50038,40020.37116,40061.7533,70017.88
2017189,60038,80020.46116,70061.5534,20018.04
2018190,10038,80020.41116,60061.3434,70018.25
2019191,00038,90020.37117,10061.3135,00018.32
2020190,70038,70020.29117,00061.3535,10018.41

Population Growth

As can be seen from the data in the table above, the population of Bury increased from 185,400 in 2011 to 190,700 in 2020.

This represents a population growth rate of 2.86%.

Demographics of Bury - Age Groups

In 2011, 37,100 children lived in Bury; 20.01% of the total population.

In 2020, 38,700 children lived there, which was 20.29% of the total population. The percentage of children living in Bury in recent years has been rising.

In 2011, 118,500 adults lived in Bury, representing 63.92% of the total population.

In 2020, 117,000 adults lived there, representing 61.35% of the total population. The percentage of adults living in Bury in recent years has been declining.

In 2011, 29,800 elderly people lived in Bury, 16.07% of the total population.

In 2020, 35,100 elderly people lived there, or 18.41% of the total population. The percentage of elderly people living in Bury in recent years has been increasing.

Demographics of Bury - Gender

There are currently more females than males in Bury.

93,700 males were living there in 2020 (49.13% of the total).

97,000 females were living there in 2020 (50.87% of the total).

Population statistics by gender for Bury between 2011 and 2020 are shown in the table below.

DateTotalMales%Females%
2011185,40090,70048.9294,70051.08
2012186,20091,00048.8795,10051.07
2013186,50091,20048.9095,30051.10
2014187,30091,60048.9195,70051.09
2015187,80091,90048.9495,90051.06
2016188,50092,40049.0296,10050.98
2017189,60092,90049.0096,70051.00
2018190,10093,20049.0396,90050.97
2019191,00093,70049.0697,30050.94
2020190,70093,70049.1397,00050.87

2021 Census - Bury

The census is a headcount of everybody in the nation on a given day.

Censuses have taken place in the UK every 10 years since 1801.

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 help paint a picture of the nation. Data from the census is used by government in planning and delivering public services, developing laws, and allocating resources.

The most recent UK census took place in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland on 21 March 2021. Scotland delayed the census to 2022 due to the pandemic.

The results from the 2021 Census for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be reported in summer 2022.

The census before this was carried out in 2011. Demographic information for Bury is shown below.

2011 Census Data - Resident Population of Bury

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 Bury was 185,060.

The number of males living in Bury was 90,588 (48.95% of the total resident population). The number of females was 94,472 (51.05% of the total resident population).

Population Density

Bury covers an area of 9,948 hectares. The population density was 18.60 persons per hectare.

2011 Census Data - Ethnic Groups in Bury

Whites were the largest ethnic group in Bury. 165,032 (89.18%) of the total population of 185,060 identified as white.

Bury has a higher percentage white population than the average for England (85.42%).

Asians were the second-largest ethnic group in Bury. 13,407 (7.24%) of the population identified as Asian.

Bury has a lower percentage Asian population than the average for England (7.82%).

EthnicityNumber%
White165,03289.18
Mixed3,3651.82
Asian13,4077.24
Black1,8931.02
Total185,060100.00

2011 Census Data - Religion in Bury

Christians were the largest religious group in Bury. 116,036 (62.70%) of the total population of 185,060 identified as Christian.

Bury has a higher percentage Christian population than the average for England (59.38%).

Muslims were the second-largest religious group in Bury. 11,279 (6.09%) of the population identified as Muslim.

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

ReligionNumber%
Christian116,03662.70
Muslim11,2796.09
Hindu8170.44
Buddhist4530.24
Sikh3010.16
Jewish10,3025.57
Other4220.23
No Religion34,38118.58
Religion Not Stated11,0695.98
Total185,060100.00

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

168,945 (91.29%) of the 185,060 residents of Bury were born in the UK; 164,590 in England, 2,296 in Scotland, 1,073 in Wales, and 979 in Northern Ireland.

1,801 (0.97%) were born in the Republic of Ireland, 3,898 (2.11%) in other EU countries, and 10,416 (5.63%) in other countries.

Country of BirthNumber%
England164,59088.94
Scotland2,2961.24
Wales1,0730.58
Northern Ireland9790.53
Republic of Ireland1,8010.97
Other EU3,8982.11
Other Countries10,4165.63

Location and Transport

Bury town centre is located 8 miles north of Manchester city centre.

The metropolitan borough is bounded by Rochdale to the east, Manchester and Salford to the south, Bolton to the west, Rossendale to the north, and Blackburn with Darwen to the northwest.

A Metrolink line links Bury town centre to Manchester city centre. It runs from Bury Metrolink Tram Stop to Piccadilly Metrolink Tram Stop (located at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station). Stops on the route include Radcliffe, Whitefield, and Prestwich.

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