Bristol population data updated

19 August, 2019

Bristol City Council has released its annual update on its population statistics.

The Population of Bristol includes a new section summarising equalities statistics.

According to the data, the population has grown by 48,000 people, which is a rate of 11.7%. This is slower than in recent years but is still higher than the 10-year average of 7.8% across England and Wales.

Other highlights include:

  • Natural change has accounted for almost two thirds of total population change in the city over the last decade. This is in contrast to the national picture where international migration is the biggest contributor.
  • Births fell to 5,820 during 2018 – this is a fall of 14% from the peak in 2012 and the lowest that they have been since 2006.
  • 54,000 students were registered at Bristol’s two main universities in 2017/18. The number of students in the city has increased by 17% over the last 5 years.
  • Long-term immigration to the UK for work has fallen, mainly driven by the decline in EU arrivals. The number of skilled work visas for non-EU citizens is increasing, although overall non-EU work-related immigration has remained stable. Non-EU student immigration has risen in the past year after remaining stable since 2013.


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