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Recent Population Trends

Population trends in Swansea - official estimates.

The latest annual population estimates for local authorities (for mid-2016) were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in June 2017.  The estimates show successive increases in Swansea's population for all years since 2001, with the average increase between 2006 and 2016 being approximately 1,400 people (0.6%) per year. 

A PDF Document briefing note (PDF, 137KB)Opens new window which explores recent population change in more detail (including revised mid-year estimates for the years 2002 to 2010, together with the post-Census figures for 2011-2016) is available via this page.

Further information on the latest population estimates is included in the Population page.

Additional information on population and demography is available from the following web pages, including: 

If you have any further enquiries regarding population and demographic statistics in Swansea, please contact us.

Background note:

In September 2012, ONS published the mid-year population estimates for 2011 - the first to be based on the 2011 Census population estimates, rolled forward from 27 March 2011 (Census day) to 30 June 2011. 

A revised series of mid-year population estimates for the years between 2002 and 2010 (based on the 2011 Census estimates) were published by ONS in April 2013, although the estimates for 2001 (and earlier) were not revised.

Local authority level mid-year population estimates for recent years have since been published by ONS around every June, with a time lag of around one year in each case; for example, the population estimates for mid-2012 (reference date: 30 June 2012) were published in June 2013, and so on.

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