Mid-year population estimates

Key points for the Lancashire-12 area

  • The population in mid-2020 was estimated to be 1,227,076
  • The population grew by 0.6% between mid-2019 and mid-2020, a marginally lower growth rate than the previous year. This is higher than the UK growth rate of 0.43%.
  • In the year to mid-2020, there were 1,977 more deaths than births. This is the largest natural change recorded in the last 15 years.
    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 +1,538 in Wyre to -556 in Pendle.
  • Net international migration in the year to mid-2020 was 4,263, returning to similar levels in 2018, after the record year in 2019.
  • In the 12 months to mid-2020 the fastest growing local authority in the Lancashire-12 area was Lancaster and the slowest Rossendale. The increase in Lancaster was driven by net international migration. Internal migration, natural change and international migration have all flattened out in Rossendale.
  • The over 65 age group saw a higher annual growth rate, 1% than the 0-17s (0.8%) and 18-64 (0.4%).

Key points for the Lancashire-14 area

  • The population in mid-2020 was estimated to be 1,515,487
  • The population grew by 0.43% between mid-2019 and mid-2020.
  • In the year to mid-2020, there were 2,021 more deaths than births.
  • Net internal migration varied from +1,538 in Fylde to -616 in Blackburn with Darwen.
  • Net international migration in the year to mid-2020 was 4,674, a fall from the record breaking high seen in 2019.
  • In the 12 months to mid-2019 the fastest growing local authority in the Lancashire-14 area was Lancaster and the slowest Blackpool, where the population density is already so high (3,968 people per square kilometre) that scope for future growth is very limited. By contrast the population density in Lancaster is the second lowest in Lancashire, at 261. Ribble Valley has the lowest population density (106 people per square kilometre).
  • The over 65 age group saw a higher annual growth rate, 0.9% than the 0-18s (0.5%) and 18-64 (0.2%).

Page updated July 2021