Population

The 2019 Office for National Statistics (ONS) mid-year estimate of population for County Durham was 530,094, a net increase of 3,114  people equivalent to a 0.6% increase since 2018, (England & Wales 0.5% increase) and had the fourth largest population increase out of the twelve north east authorities since 2001.

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Between 2001 and 2019 the population of County Durham increased by 36,400 people (7.4%) with the North East increasing by 5.1% over the same period.  These latest estimates show that the county’s population has grown in number for each of the last 15 consecutive years and County Durham is now the seventh largest all-purpose authority, after Bradford which has remained in sixth position in this release, with Manchester in fifth position.

ONS predict (2018 projections) that the county’s population will continue to grow over the coming years, increasing by 3.7% by 2028 and by 6.6% overall by 2043.

County Durham - Population - Overview

Overview report covering ONS population estimates/projections and 2011 Census data covering ethnicity, nationality, country of brith and language

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Overview report covering ONS population estimates/projections and 2011 Census data covering ethnicity, nationality, country of brith and language

County Durham
Population - County Durham
It is essential to understand poulation size and characteristics in order to effectively plan and deliver services such as education, transport and healthcare. This section displays the latest population estimates and projections for County Durham.

Sources:
Office for National Statistics (ONS): Sub-national population estimates (SNPEs); Sub-national population projections (SNPPs).
Summary of Key Indicators for County Durham

The following key indicators provide an overview of County Durham's resident population.
530,094

Total estimated population
 (2019) 
Source: ONS*
260,881
(49.2%)
Male estimated population
 (2019) 
Source: ONS*
269,213
(50.8}%)
Female estimated population
 (2019) 
Source: ONS*
561,423

Total projected population
 (2043) 
Source: ONS*
277,074

Male projected population
 (2043) 
Source: ONS*
284,349

Female projected population
 (2043) 
Source: ONS*
78.3 

Male life expectancy at birth
 (2015 - 17) 
Source: ONS*
81.4

Female life expectancy at birth
 (2015 - 17) 
Source: ONS*
Population Estimates

Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces annual estimates of the resident population of England and Wales as at 30 June every year. The estimates are provided broken down by local authority, sex and age. The most authoritative population estimates come from the census, which takes place every 10 years in the UK. Population estimates from a census are updated every year until the next census to produce mid-year population estimates.

The charts and tables below outline the national population estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). These estimates represent the resident population as of 30th June 2019.
Population change since 2014
Population change since 2014
201420152016201720182019
Persons all ages
County Durham517,573519,347521,776523,662526,980530,094
North East2,618,7362,624,5792,636,5892,644,7272,657,9092,669,941
England54,316,61854,786,32755,268,06755,619,43055,977,17856,286,961
Source: ONS MYE
#color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 85 and over: 12675 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 80 - 84: 15074 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 75 - 79: 20805 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 70 - 74: 30760 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 65 - 69: 31138 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 60 - 64: 34415 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 55 - 59: 38226 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 50 - 54: 39185 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 45 - 49: 33833 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 40 - 44: 27739 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 35 - 39: 30824 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 30 - 34: 30332 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 25 - 29: 33827 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 20 - 24: 36488 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 15 - 19: 28945 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 10 - 14: 29209 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 5 - 9: 30272 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  Aged 0 - 4: 26347 Chart for County Durham using Persons age 0 - 4
#color:0xB8860B England  % aged 85 and over: 2.48 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 80 - 84: 2.56 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 75 - 79: 3.45 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 70 - 74: 4.94 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 65 - 69: 4.97 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 60 - 64: 5.53 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 55 - 59: 6.52 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 50 - 54: 6.94 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 45 - 49: 6.6 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 40 - 44: 6.07 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 35 - 39: 6.63 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 30 - 34: 6.77 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 25 - 29: 6.75 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 20 - 24: 6.2 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 15 - 19: 5.49 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 10 - 14: 5.96 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 5 - 9: 6.29 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 0 - 4: 5.86 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 85 and over: 2.48 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 80 - 84: 2.79 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 75 - 79: 3.63 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 70 - 74: 5.42 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 65 - 69: 5.59 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 60 - 64: 6.33 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 55 - 59: 7.05 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 50 - 54: 7.01 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 45 - 49: 6.29 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 40 - 44: 5.41 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 35 - 39: 6.02 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 30 - 34: 6.33 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 25 - 29: 6.75 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 20 - 24: 6.62 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 15 - 19: 5.44 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 10 - 14: 5.65 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 5 - 9: 5.87 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 0 - 4: 5.31 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 85 and over: 2.48 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 80 - 84: 2.56 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 75 - 79: 3.45 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 70 - 74: 4.94 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 65 - 69: 4.97 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 60 - 64: 5.53 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 55 - 59: 6.52 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 50 - 54: 6.94 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 45 - 49: 6.6 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 40 - 44: 6.07 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 35 - 39: 6.63 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 30 - 34: 6.77 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 25 - 29: 6.75 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 20 - 24: 6.2 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 15 - 19: 5.49 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 10 - 14: 5.96 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 5 - 9: 6.29 #color:0xB8860B England  % aged 0 - 4: 5.86 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 85 and over: 2.48 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 80 - 84: 2.79 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 75 - 79: 3.63 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 70 - 74: 5.42 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 65 - 69: 5.59 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 60 - 64: 6.33 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 55 - 59: 7.05 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 50 - 54: 7.01 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 45 - 49: 6.29 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 40 - 44: 5.41 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 35 - 39: 6.02 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 30 - 34: 6.33 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 25 - 29: 6.75 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 20 - 24: 6.62 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 15 - 19: 5.44 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 10 - 14: 5.65 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 5 - 9: 5.87 #color:0xFF8000 North East  % aged 0 - 4: 5.31 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 85 and over: 2.39 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 80 - 84: 2.84 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 75 - 79: 3.92 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 70 - 74: 5.8 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 65 - 69: 5.87 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 60 - 64: 6.49 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 55 - 59: 7.21 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 50 - 54: 7.39 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 45 - 49: 6.38 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 40 - 44: 5.23 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 35 - 39: 5.81 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 30 - 34: 5.72 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 25 - 29: 6.38 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 20 - 24: 6.88 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 15 - 19: 5.46 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 10 - 14: 5.51 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 5 - 9: 5.71 #color:0x129CDD County Durham  % aged 0 - 4: 4.97 Chart for County Durham using Persons age 0 - 4 %
Percentage by Broad Age Group
 Persons age 0 - 15
 Persons age 16 - 64
 Persons age 65+
 = 10,000
ONS Mid-year Population Estimates by Common Broad Age Groups (2019)
County DurhamNorth EastEngland
Count% of totalCount% of totalCount% of total
Persons age group 0 - 1591,14617.2477,28717.910,816,67919.2
Persons age group 16 - 64328,496621,660,64662.235,116,56662.4
Persons age group 65+110,45220.8532,00819.910,353,71618.4
Persons age group 0 - 17101,46819.1532,05719.912,023,56821.4
Persons age group 18 - 64318,174601,605,87660.233,909,67760.2
Source: ONS MYE
ONS Mid-year Population Estimates by 5 Year Age Groups (2019)
County DurhamNorth EastEngland
Count% of totalCount% of totalCount% of total
Persons aged 0-426,3475141,7445.33,299,6375.9
Persons aged 5-930,2725.7156,7105.93,538,2066.3
Persons age 10 - 1429,2095.5150,7565.73,354,2466
Persons age 15 - 1928,9455.5145,3465.43,090,2325.5
Persons age 20 - 2436,4886.9176,6906.63,487,8636.2
Persons age 25 - 2933,8276.4180,1206.83,801,4096.8
Persons age 30 - 3430,3325.7169,0106.33,807,9546.8
Persons age 35 - 3930,8245.8160,77163,733,6426.6
Persons age 40 - 4427,7395.2144,5695.43,414,2976.1
Persons age 45 - 4933,8336.4167,8746.33,715,8126.6
Persons age 50 - 5439,1857.4187,17973,907,4616.9
Persons age 55 - 5938,2267.2188,2727.13,670,6516.5
Persons age 60 - 6434,4156.5168,8926.33,111,8355.5
Persons age 65 - 6931,1385.9149,3795.62,796,7405
Persons age 70 - 7430,7605.8144,7445.42,779,3264.9
Persons age 75 - 7920,8053.997,0373.61,940,6863.5
Persons age 80 - 8415,0742.874,5352.81,439,9132.6
Persons age 85 and over12,6752.466,3132.51,397,0512.5
Source: ONS MYE
Population Projections - County Durham
Population projections provide an indication of the future size and age structure of the population based on mid-year population estimates and a set of assumptions of future fertility, mortality and migration.  Available for the UK and its constituent countries as national population projections and for the regions, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in England as sub-national population projections.  These projections are widely used for resource allocation and planning (Source: ONS SNPP)

The charts and tables below outline the national population projections produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). These projections represent the county's predicted resident population for 2043.

Sources:
Office for National Statistics (ONS): Sub-national population projections (SNPPs).
Population change 2018 to 2041
Population change 2018 to 2041
Source: ONS MYE
Chart for County Durham using
Chart for County Durham using
ONS 2016 Based Population Projections by 5 Year Age Groups by 2041
County DurhamNorth EastEngland
2018-based projected population, persons aged 0-427,567140,0693,382,106
2018-based projected population, persons aged 5-927,988140,6983,325,016
2018-based projected population, persons aged 10-1428,007139,9363,282,891
2018-based projected population, persons aged 15-1930,882149,4693,346,708
2018-based projected population, persons aged 20-2437,310172,5313,557,592
2018-based projected population, persons aged 25-2933,367170,0753,912,677
2018-based projected population, persons aged 30-3433,771173,6904,036,971
2018-based projected population, persons aged 35-3931,397160,5533,728,328
2018-based projected population, persons aged 40-4429,815150,5063,482,451
2018-based projected population, persons aged 45-4932,477163,9113,720,774
2018-based projected population, persons aged 50-5435,577175,3803,870,476
2018-based projected population, persons aged 55-5933,919167,5063,757,048
2018-based projected population, persons aged 60-6433,498160,9713,614,092
2018-based projected population, persons aged 65-6929,530141,7903,201,433
2018-based projected population, persons aged 70-7434,257160,2993,372,728
2018-based projected population, persons aged 75-7933,254155,6193,153,288
2018-based projected population, persons aged 80-8425,072123,8502,442,069
2018-based projected population, persons aged 85-8915,04175,4091,519,953
2018-based projected population, persons aged 90+8,69344,6211,037,497
2018-based projected population, all persons561,4232,766,88261,744,098
Source: ONS SNPP
ONS 2016 Based Population Projections by 5 Year Age Groups - % of total population by 2041
County DurhamNorth EastEngland
Projected population of persons aged 0-4, as a percentage of all persons4.95.15.5
Projected population of persons aged 5-9, as a percentage of all persons5.05.15.4
Projected population of persons aged 10-14, as a percentage of all persons5.05.15.3
Projected population of persons aged 15-19, as a percentage of all persons5.55.45.4
Projected population of persons aged 20-24, as a percentage of all persons6.66.25.8
Projected population of persons aged 25-29, as a percentage of all persons5.96.16.3
Projected population of persons aged 30-34, as a percentage of all persons6.06.36.5
Projected population of persons aged 35-39, as a percentage of all persons5.65.86.0
Projected population of persons aged 40-44, as a percentage of all persons5.35.45.6
Projected population of persons aged 45-49, as a percentage of all persons5.85.96.0
Projected population of persons aged 50-54, as a percentage of all persons6.36.36.3
Projected population of persons aged 55-59, as a percentage of all persons6.06.16.1
Projected population of persons aged 60-64, as a percentage of all persons6.05.85.9
Projected population of persons aged 65-69, as a percentage of all persons5.35.15.2
Projected population of persons aged 70-74, as a percentage of all persons6.15.85.5
Projected population of persons aged 75-79, as a percentage of all persons5.95.65.1
Projected population of persons aged 80-84, as a percentage of all persons4.54.54.0
Projected population of persons aged 85-89, as a percentage of all persons2.72.72.5
Projected population of persons aged 90+, as a percentage of all persons1.51.61.7
Source: ONS SNPP
Ethnicity and Country of Birth in County Durham

Source:
Office for national Statitics (ONS): 2011 Census
98.2
% of the population - White
 (2011) 

Source: ONS 2011 Census
0.9
% of the population - Asian/Asian British
 (2011) 

Source: ONS 2011 Census
0.1
% of the population - Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
 (2011) 
Source: ONS 2011 Census
0.2
% of the population - Other Ethnic Group 
 (2011) 

Source: ONS 2011 Census
0.6
% of the population - Mixed/Multiple
 (2011) 

Source: ONS 2011 Census
#color:0x329EDC Gypsy or Irish Traveller Selected Areas: 0.1% #color:0xDA2A32 Other ethnic group Selected Areas: 0.2% #color:0xE2A85C Mixed/multiple ethnic groups Selected Areas: 0.6% #color:0x6E4195 Other Black Selected Areas: 0% #color:0xC1DB31 Caribbean Selected Areas: 0% #color:0x667E1E African Selected Areas: 0.1% #color:0xAAD2F0 Black/African/Caribbean/Black British Selected Areas: 0.1% #color:0xAC1E43 Pakistani Selected Areas: 0.1% #color:0x77BA40 Other Asian Selected Areas: 0.2% #color:0xE4CB68 Indian Selected Areas: 0.3% #color:0xE2785C Chinese Selected Areas: 0.3% #color:0x1F6BB1 Bangladeshi Selected Areas: 0% Ethnicity (Minority Groups) - % of total population
Ethnic makeup

Ethnicity Number %
All Usual Residents 513,242 100
White: British 495,664 96.6
White: Irish 1,229 0.2
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 467 0.1
Other White 6,409 1.2
Asian British: Bangladeshi 241 0
Asian British: Chinese 1,598 0.3
Asian British: Indian 1,368 0.3
Asian British: Pakistani 463 0.1
Asian British: Other 1,186 0.2
Black British: African 447 0.1
Black British: Caribbean 158 0
Black British: Other 96 0
Mixed: White and Asian 1,093 0.2
Mixed: White and Black African 321 0.1
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 969 0.2
Other Mixed 711 0.1
Any other ethnic groups 363 0.1
Source: ONS Census 2011
Country of Birth

Country Number %
England 485,955 94.7
Scotland 7,381 1.4
Wales 1,820 0.4
Northern Ireland 1,403 0.3
Ireland 915 0.2
UK not otherwise specified 20 0
EU: Member in March 2001 3,771 0.7
EU Accession countries April 2001 - March 2011 2,832 0.6
Other EU 6,603 1.3
Other 9,145 1.8
Source: ONS Census 2011
Main Language

Indicator Number %
All Usual residents aged 3+ 496,111 100
Language: English 488,753 98.5
Welsh 26 0
Other UK 36 0
Sign Language 150 0
Source: ONS Census 2011
English as a the Main Language - People Aged 16+

Indicator Households %
All people aged 16+ 223,803 98.3
At least one person aged 16+ but not all 1,949 0.9
No people aged 16+, but at least one aged 3 to 15 200 0.1
No People 1,721 0.8
Source: ONS Census 2011
Religion
Resident Population by Religion in County Durham

Religion Number %
Christian 369,715 72
Buddhist 1,001 0.2
Hindu 607 0.1
Jewish 208 0
Muslim  1,934 0.4
Sikh 609 0.1
Other Religion 1,525 0.3
No Religion 107,281 20.9
Religion not stated 30,362 5.9
Source: ONS Census 2011
#color:0xC1DB31 Sikh Selected Areas: 0.1% #color:0x667E1E Religion not stated Selected Areas: 5.9% #color:0xAAD2F0 Other religion Selected Areas: 0.3% #color:0xAC1E43 No religion Selected Areas: 20.9% #color:0x77BA40 Muslim Selected Areas: 0.4% #color:0xE4CB68 Jewish Selected Areas: 0% #color:0xE2785C Hindu Selected Areas: 0.1% #color:0x1F6BB1 Buddhist Selected Areas: 0.2% Religion (non-Christian) - % of total population
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