Population of Chorley

Chorley is a town and borough in Lancashire, North West England.

The Borough of Chorley includes the town of Chorley plus surrounding villages and areas. These include Adlington, Anglezarke, Astley Village, Charnock Richard, Clayton-le-Woods, Coppull, Croston, Cuerden, Eccleston, Euxton, Mawdesley, Rivington, Whittle-le-Woods, and Withnell.

The current population of Chorley (borough) is 118,900.

The population of the borough grew rapidly in the 19th century. In 1801 its population was around 20,000. By 1911 it had almost reached 69,000. Like many areas of Lancashire, it owed much of its growth during this time to the textile industry. It was also an important coal mining area. Chisnall Hall Colliery in Coppull was one of the biggest coal mines in Lancashire.

Chorley’s population stagnated throughout the first half of the 20th century. The pace of growth increased again from the 1970s onwards.

Chorley played an important role during the Second World War when it was home to the Royal Ordnance Factory Chorley, a large munitions manufacturer. At the height of production, almost 30,000 people worked here. The factory closed in 2007. The land is now Buckshaw Village, one of the largest brownfield housing developments in North West England.

Chorley has a lower ethnic minority population than both the regional and national average.

Chorley Council is the local authority responsible for the administration of the borough. They are based in Chorley town centre.

Current Population Statistics

According to data from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS), the current population of Chorley is 118,900.

As of , the latest ONS statistics are for 2020.

The table below shows population statistics for Chorley between 2011 and 2020 split by age group.

YearTotal Population
of Chorley
Population Aged 0 to 15Population Aged 0 to 15 %Population Aged 16 to 64Population Aged 16 to 64 %Population Aged 65+Population Aged 65+ %
2011107,60019,60018.2269,80064.8718,20016.91
2012109,10019,90018.2469,90064.0719,30017.69
2013110,50020,20018.2870,20063.5320,10018.19
2014111,60020,40018.2870,30062.9920,90018.73
2015113,00020,70018.3270,70062.5721,60019.12
2016114,30021,00018.3771,10062.2022,20019.42
2017115,80021,30018.3971,90062.0922,60019.52
2018116,80021,60018.4972,20061.8223,00019.69
2019118,20021,80018.4472,80061.5923,60019.97
2020118,90021,90018.4273,20061.5623,90020.10

Population Growth

As can be seen from the data in the table above, the population of Chorley increased from 107,600 in 2011 to 118,900 in 2020.

This represents a population growth rate of 10.50%.

Demographics of Chorley - Age Groups

In 2011, 19,600 children lived in Chorley; 18.22% of the total population.

In 2020, 21,900 children lived there, which was 18.42% of the total population. The percentage of children living in Chorley in recent years has been rising.

In 2011, 69,800 adults lived in Chorley, representing 64.87% of the total population.

In 2020, 73,200 adults lived there, representing 61.56% of the total population. The percentage of adults living in Chorley in recent years has been declining.

In 2011, 18,200 elderly people lived in Chorley, 16.91% of the total population.

In 2020, 23,900 elderly people lived there, or 20.10% of the total population. The percentage of elderly people living in Chorley in recent years has been increasing.

Demographics of Chorley - Gender

There are currently more females than males in Chorley.

59,300 males were living there in 2020 (49.87% of the total).

59,600 females were living there in 2020 (50.13% of the total).

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

DateTotalMales%Females%
2011107,60053,90050.0953,70049.91
2012109,10054,70050.1454,40049.86
2013110,50055,40050.1455,10049.86
2014111,60055,90050.0955,80050.00
2015113,00056,60050.0956,40049.91
2016114,30057,30050.1357,00049.87
2017115,80058,00050.0957,80049.91
2018116,80058,40050.0058,40050.00
2019118,20059,20050.0859,00049.92
2020118,90059,30049.8759,60050.13

2021 Census - Chorley

Censuses provide useful information about the general demographics of the United Kingdom, such as age breakdowns, marital status, occupation, ethnicity, etc.

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 help paint a picture of the United Kingdom. Data from the census is used to help authorities plan and run public services, develop policies, and allocate funding.

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 released in summer 2022.

The census prior to this was held in 2011. Demographic data for Chorley is included below.

2011 Census Data - Resident Population of Chorley

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 Chorley was 107,155.

The number of males living in Chorley was 53,708 (50.12% of the total resident population). The number of females was 53,447 (49.88% of the total resident population).

Population Density

Chorley covers an area of 20,280 hectares. The population density was 5.28 persons per hectare.

2011 Census Data - Ethnic Groups in Chorley

Whites were the largest ethnic group in Chorley. 103,833 (96.90%) of the total population of 107,155 identified as white.

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

Asians were the second-largest ethnic group in Chorley. 1,710 (1.60%) of the population identified as Asian.

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

EthnicityNumber%
White103,83396.90
Mixed1,0160.95
Asian1,7101.60
Black4010.37
Total107,155100.00

2011 Census Data - Religion in Chorley

Christians were the largest religious group in Chorley. 80,732 (75.34%) of the total population of 107,155 identified as Christian.

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

Muslims were the second-largest religious group in Chorley. 1,130 (1.05%) of the population identified as Muslim.

Chorley has a lower percentage Muslim population than the average for England (5.02%).

ReligionNumber%
Christian80,73275.34
Muslim1,1301.05
Hindu1960.18
Buddhist2750.26
Sikh180.02
Jewish450.04
Other3370.31
No Religion18,41817.19
Religion Not Stated6,0045.60
Total107,155100.00

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

103,230 (96.34%) of the 107,155 residents of Chorley were born in the UK; 100,281 in England, 1,613 in Scotland, 726 in Wales, and 606 in Northern Ireland.

454 (0.42%) were born in the Republic of Ireland, 1,340 (1.25%) in other EU countries, and 2,131 (1.99%) in other countries.

Country of BirthNumber%
England100,28193.58
Scotland1,6131.51
Wales7260.68
Northern Ireland6060.57
Republic of Ireland4540.42
Other EU1,3401.25
Other Countries2,1311.99

Location and Transport

Chorley is a town and borough in central Lancashire. The town itself lies between Preston and Bolton.

The borough is bordered by South Ribble, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Wigan, and West Lancashire.

Chorley enjoys excellent connections to the national motorway network. The M6, M61, and M65 motorways all pass through the borough.

Train stations in Chorley are Adlington, Buckshaw Parkway, Chorley, Croston, and Euxton Balshaw Lane.

Chorley is located in the town centre and is the busiest station.

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