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Population and health of Sheffield


With a population of 551,800 in mid-2011, the City of Sheffield is England’s third largest metropolitan authority. The city grew rapidly during the industrial revolution.

In 1801 its population was 60,100. By 1851 it had increased to 161,500 and by 1901 it was 451,200. At its peak, in 1951, the population numbered 577,050.

Population estimates.

Population projections.

Sheffield’s population shows the clear bulge in the population in the 20-24 age group. This is caused by Sheffield’s significant student population at its two universities.

The increase in recent years is largely the result of 2 factors:

  1. there are now more births than deaths in Sheffield, resulting in a positive ‘natural change’ in the population
  2. there has been an increase in the level of international migration to Sheffield.


Ethnicity and diversity

Sheffield is an ethnically diverse city, with around 19% of its population from black or minority ethnic groups.

The largest of those groups is the Pakistani community, but Sheffield also has large Caribbean, Indian, Bangladeshi, Somali, Yemeni and Chinese communities.

More recently, Sheffield has seen an increase in the number of overseas students and in economic migrants from within the enlarged European Union.

Good estimates and projections of the population total and how it breaks down by age and gender are very important to the planning and delivery of our services.


Population figures for other areas

Population statistics for Sheffield and other local authority areas are produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

  • Population estimates

  • Population projections

  • Birth and death statistics

  • 2011 census

For more information about Sheffield's population, please telephone us on 0114 2930239.


We provide a wide range of services that are focused on the care and support of people of all ages, carers, children and families.

Health information is now available at city, neighbourhood and service district level in the Director of Public Health Annual Report.

The 2011 Census also provided some information on general health and limiting long-term illness. There is also a data set for Sheffield's wards and neighbourhoods.

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