Demography - Census 2021

Key points

Liverpool's population has increased by almost 20,000 residents between 2011 and 2021, and now stands at 486,100. This represents 4% growth, which is lower than national growth of 7%.

Table 1: Liverpool population by census year
Census year Population
1981 503722
1991 452450
2001 439469
2011 466415
2021 486100

The highest increase in the number of residents has been in school aged residents (+7.2%) and older adults aged 60 to 74 years (+19.7%).

Table 2: Liverpool age structure
Age group 2021 census 2021 % 2011 census 2011 % Difference (number)
00-44 26372 5.43 26099 5.60 273
05-09 26726 5.50 22254 4.77 4472
10-14 25244 5.19 24315 5.21 929
15-19 33846 6.96 34572 7.41 -726
20-24 49337 10.15 50636 10.86 -1299
25-29 38082 7.83 39966 8.57 -1884
30-34 37314 7.68 33053 7.09 4261
35-39 33137 6.82 28069 6.02 5068
40-44 27773 5.71 30893 6.62 -3120
45-49 26579 5.47 32022 6.87 -5443
50-54 29155 6.00 29288 6.28 -133
55-59 30659 6.31 25364 5.44 5295
60-64 27543 5.67 24418 5.24 3125
65-69 22421 4.61 17685 3.79 4736
70-74 19996 4.11 16342 3.50 3654
75-79 13260 2.73 13967 2.99 -707
80-84 9990 2.06 9742 2.09 248
85-89 5754 1.18 5307 1.14 447
90-94 2298 0.47 1887 0.40 411
95-99 539 0.11 471 0.10 68
Over 100 68 0.01 65 0.01 3

Due to a boundary review the number of wards in Liverpool has increased from 30 to 64. Data has not been published at this new geography so figures have been calculated in-house. The estimated population range across our 64 new electoral wards is from 19,585 in Kensington and Fairfield ward to 1,014 in Waterfront North ward.

Despite only having the fifth highest population of the English Core Cities, Liverpool has the second highest population density with 4,346 residents per square kilometre.

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