Mid-year population estimates

Key points for the Lancashire-12 area

  • The population in mid-2019 was estimated to be 1,219,799.
  • The population grew by 0.8% between mid-2018 and mid-2019, a marginally higher growth rate than the previous year. This is slightly higher than the UK growth rate of 0.54%.
  • In the year to mid-2019, there were more births (0.69%) and fewer deaths (-4.6%) than in the previous year; natural change was only just above zero.
    Areas with an above UK average median age recorded the largest reductions in population due to natural change. Wyre and Fylde top this list.
  • Net internal migration varied from +1,379 in Fylde to -535 in Preston.
  • Net international migration in the year to mid-2019 was 5,196, the highest this century.
  • In the 12 months to mid-2019 the fastest growing local authority in the Lancashire-12 area was Ribble Valley and the slowest South Ribble. The increase in Ribble Valley was driven by net internal migration, or in other words new housing development. Internal migration, natural change and international migration have all flattened out in South Ribble.
  • The over 65 age group saw a higher annual growth rate, 1.76% than the 0-17s (0.5%) and 18-64 (0.6%).

Key points for the Lancashire-14 area

  • The population in mid-2019 was estimated to be 1,508,941
  • The population grew by 0.7% between mid-2018 and mid-2019.
  • In the year to mid-2019, there were more births (+0.65%) and fewer deaths (-4.6%) than in the previous year; natural change was low but positive.
  • Net internal migration varied from +1,379 in Fylde to -609 in Blackburn with Darwen.
  • Net international migration in the year to mid-2019 was 5,925, the highest this century.
  • In the 12 months to mid-2019 the fastest growing local authority in the Lancashire-12 area was Ribble Valley and the slowest Blackpool, where the population density is already so high (4,000 people per square kilometre) that scope for future growth is very limited. By contrast the population density in Ribble Valley is the lowest in Lancashire, at just over 100.
  • The over 65 age group saw a higher annual growth rate, 1.58% than the 0-17s (0.6%) and 18-64 (0.5%).

Page updated October 2020