Greater Manchester Population

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England. It is made up of 10 metropolitan boroughs; Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan.

The current population of Greater Manchester is 2,911,700. The population of each metropolitan borough in the country is shown in the table below:

Metropolitan BoroughPopulation
Bolton298,900
Bury194,600
Manchester569,000
Oldham243,900
Rochdale227,000
Salford278,100
Stockport297,100
Tameside232,800
Trafford236,300
Wigan334,100

Manchester is the largest borough in the county, while Bury is the smallest.

Greater Manchester was formed on April 1, 1974, as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. It was formed from parts of the historic counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

It consists of sections of the historic counties of Lancashire, Cheshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Current Population Statistics

According to data from the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS), the current population of Greater Manchester is 2,911,700.

As of , the latest ONS statistics are for 2022.

The table below shows the population statistics for Greater Manchester in recent years, split by age group.

YearTotal Population
of Greater Manchester
Population Aged 0 to 15Population Aged 0 to 15 %Population Aged 16 to 64Population Aged 16 to 64 %Population Aged 65+Population Aged 65+ %
20132,715,000545,30020.081,753,90064.60415,80015.31
20142,733,900552,20020.201,757,20064.27424,40015.52
20152,757,000560,00020.311,766,60064.08430,40015.61
20162,784,600568,80020.431,780,00063.92435,80015.65
20172,804,300576,30020.551,787,60063.74440,40015.70
20182,823,900581,20020.581,797,70063.66445,00015.76
20192,848,000585,60020.561,811,60063.61450,70015.83
20202,856,100586,10020.521,817,40063.63452,60015.85
20212,869,500583,70020.341,828,90063.74456,90015.92
20222,911,700590,90020.291,859,40063.86461,40015.85

Population Growth

As can be seen from the data in the table above, the population of Greater Manchester increased from 2,715,000 in 2013 to 2,911,700 in 2022.

This represents a population growth rate of 7.24%.

Demographics of Greater Manchester - Age Groups

In 2013, 545,300 children lived in Greater Manchester; 20.08% of the total population.

In 2022, 590,900 children lived there, which was 20.29% of the total population. The percentage of children living in Greater Manchester in recent years has been rising.

In 2013, 1,753,900 adults lived in Greater Manchester, representing 64.60% of the total population.

In 2022, 1,859,400 adults lived there, representing 63.86% of the total population. The percentage of adults living in Greater Manchester in recent years has been declining.

In 2013, 415,800 elderly people lived in Greater Manchester, 15.31% of the total population.

In 2022, 461,400 elderly people lived there, or 15.85% of the total population. The percentage of elderly people living in Greater Manchester in recent years has been increasing.

Demographics of Greater Manchester - Gender

There are currently more females than males in Greater Manchester.

1,436,700 males were living there in 2022 (49.34% of the total).

1,475,000 females were living there in 2022 (50.66% of the total).

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

DateTotalMales%Females%
20132,715,0001,341,30049.401,373,60050.59
20142,733,9001,350,50049.401,383,40050.60
20152,757,0001,361,70049.391,395,20050.61
20162,784,6001,374,70049.371,409,90050.63
20172,804,3001,384,20049.361,420,10050.64
20182,823,9001,393,40049.341,430,50050.66
20192,848,0001,404,60049.321,443,40050.68
20202,856,1001,408,00049.301,448,10050.70
20212,869,5001,413,30049.251,456,30050.75
20222,911,7001,436,70049.341,475,00050.66

2021 Census - Greater Manchester

The census is a one-time snapshot of the UK that provides extensive demographic and social data.

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

They are currently run in England and Wales by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NIRSA), and in Scotland by National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The census provides national and local statistics. Data from the census is used to help authorities plan and run public services, develop policies, and allot funding.

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

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

The census prior to this was carried out in 2011. Demographic data for Greater Manchester is below.

2011 Census Data - Resident Population of Greater Manchester

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 Greater Manchester was 2,682,528.

The number of males living in Greater Manchester was 1,325,455 (49.41% of the total resident population). The number of females was 1,357,073 (50.59% of the total resident population).

Population Density

Greater Manchester covers an area of 127,603 hectares. The population density was 21.02 persons per hectare.

2011 Census Data - Ethnic Groups in Greater Manchester

Whites were the largest ethnic group in Greater Manchester. 2,248,123 (83.81%) of the total population of 2,682,528 identified as white.

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

Asians were the second-largest ethnic group in Greater Manchester. 272,173 (10.15%) of the population identified as Asian.

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

EthnicityNumber%
White2,248,12383.81
Mixed60,7102.26
Asian272,17310.15
Black74,0972.76
Total2,682,528100.00

2011 Census Data - Religion in Greater Manchester

Christians were the largest religious group in Greater Manchester. 1,657,594 (61.79%) of the total population of 2,682,528 identified as Christian.

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

Muslims were the second-largest religious group in Greater Manchester. 232,787 (8.68%) of the population identified as Muslim.

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

ReligionNumber%
Christian1,657,59461.79
Muslim232,7878.68
Hindu23,4780.88
Buddhist9,5550.36
Sikh5,3220.20
Jewish25,0130.93
Other7,4290.28
No Religion557,12920.77
Religion Not Stated164,2216.12
Total2,682,528100.00

2011 Census Data - Resident Population of Greater Manchester - Country of Birth

2,359,343 (87.95%) of the 2,682,528 residents of Greater Manchester were born in the UK; 2,299,123 in England, 29,171 in Scotland, 17,265 in Wales, and 13,514 in Northern Ireland.

26,433 (0.99%) were born in the Republic of Ireland, 65,396 (2.44%) in other EU countries, and 231,356 (8.62%) in other countries.

Country of BirthNumber%
England2,299,12385.71
Scotland29,1711.09
Wales17,2650.64
Northern Ireland13,5140.50
Republic of Ireland26,4330.99
Other EU65,3962.44
Other Countries231,3568.62
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