Population Of Greater Manchester | Greater Manchester Population 2019

Population Of Greater Manchester | Greater Manchester Population 2019:- Greater Manchester is a metropolitan area in North West England. Greater Manchester has a population of 2.8 million.

Greater Manchester has an area of 493 square miles (1,277 km2). Before the creation of the metropolitan county, the name SELNEC (South East Lancashire North East Cheshire) was used for the area. Since the mid-20th century, Greater Manchester has emerged as an exporter of media and digital content, guitar and dance music, and association football. Isle Of Wight Population


Population Of Greater Manchester

Talking about the population of Greater Manchester, in order to check out the population of Greater Manchester 2019, we need to have a look at the people of the past 4/5 years.

  • 2011:- 2,682,500
  • Greater Manchester Population 2019:- 2,798,800 (Estimated)


Population Of Greater Manchester | Greater Manchester Population 2019



Greater Manchester has a population of 2,798,800 (2018 estimate), making it the 3rd most populated county in England. 

Greater Manchester is home to diverse residents. Greater Manchester has an ethnic minority population comprising 11% of the total population in 2001. In 2008, there were over 66 refugee nationalities in Greater Manchester. At the 2001 UK census, 74.2% of Greater Manchester’s people were Christian, 5.0% Muslim, 0.9% Jewish, 0.7% Hindu, 0.2% Buddhist, and 0.1% Sikh. 11.4% had no religion, 0.2% had other religion and 7.4% did not describe their religion. This is similar to the rest of the UK, although the proportions of Muslims and Jews are near twice the national average.

Following the deindustrialisation in the mid-20th century, there was a significant economic and population decline in the Greater Manchester region. During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the population of Greater Manchester declined by over 8,000 people a year. Greater Manchester has a population density of 2,193/km2 (5,680/sq mi).



Greater Manchester Compared
UK Census 2001
(ethnicity, 2005 estimates)
Greater Manchester
Total population 2,547,700
Foreign-born 7.2%
White 88.9%
Asian 6.5%
Black 1.7%
Christian 74%
Muslim 5.0%
Hindu 0.7%
No religion 11%
Over 75 years old 7.0%
Unemployed 3.5%


Population Growth

The population of Greater Manchester increased from around 328 thousand in 1800 to 2.5 million in 2001, peaking in 2011, at 2.7 million.

The populance of Greater Manchester is predicted to grow to around 2,950,000 by 2031, Manchester alone accounting for 36% of the growth.



According to the 2011 census, of Greater Manchester’s 10 metropolitan boroughs, the Manchester City is the most populated with a population of 503,127. The Manchester city population in 2021 is predicted at 532,200. Manchester has always been vastly more populated than any other district of Greater Manchester. In terms of ethnic composition, Manchester City has the highest non-white population in Greater Manchester.

Metropolitan district Population in 2011
1 Manchester 503,127
2 Wigan 317,800
3 Stockport 283,300
4 Bolton 276,800
5 Salford 233,900
6 Trafford 226,600
7 Oldham 224,900
8 Tameside 219,300
9 Rochdale 211,700
10 Bury 185,100



Ethnic Group 2011
Number %
White: British 2,141,687 79.84%
White: Irish 34,499 1.29%
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller 1,523 0.06%
White: Other 70,414 2.62%
White: Total 2,248,123 83.81%
Asian or Asian British: Indian 53,461 1.99%
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani 130,012 4.85%
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi 34,186 1.27%
Asian or Asian British: Chinese 26,079 0.97%
Asian or Asian British: Other Asian 28,435 1.06%
Asian or Asian British: Total 272,173 10.15%
Black or Black British: Caribbean 17,767 0.66%
Black or Black British: African 44,691 1.67%
Black or Black British: Other Black 11,639 0.43%
Black or Black British: Total 74,097 2.76%
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean 23,131 0.86%
Mixed: White and Black African 9,997 0.37%
Mixed: White and Asian 15,657 0.58%
Mixed: Other Mixed 11,925 0.44%
Mixed: Total 60,710 2.26%
Other: Arab 15,026 0.56%
Other: Any other ethnic group 12,399 0.46%
Other: Total 27,425 1.02%
Total 2,682,528 100.00%



Rank Language Proportion
1 English 92.12%
2 Urdu 1.23%
3 Polish 0.83%
4 Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 0.66%
5 Punjabi 0.63%
6 Gujarati 0.45%
7 Arabic 0.42%
8 Persian/Farsi 0.22%
9 French 0.19%
10 Somali 0.15%
11 Kurdish 0.14%
12 Portuguese 0.14%
13 Cantonese Chinese 0.13%
14 Spanish 0.13%
15 Pashto 0.10%
16 Italian 0.09%
17 Greek 0.09%
18 Czech 0.08%
19 German 0.08%
20 Pakistani Pahari (with Mirpuri and Potwari) 0.08%
Other 2.03%





Most of Greater Manchester’s wealth was created during the Industrial Revolution, especially from textile manufacture. Greater Manchester experienced a rapid decline of traditional sectors, during the Lancashire Cotton famine brought on by the American Civil War, but mainly as part of the post-war economic depression and deindustrialization of Britain.

Considerable industrial restructuring has helped Greater Manchester to recover from deindustrialisation and the demise of the mass production of textiles. This is home to BBC North West, several BBC Offices, including BBC Sport, Blue Peter and, since April 2012, BBC Breakfast. The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers was founded in Rochdale in 1844, and The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest mutual business and North West England’s biggest company, is headquartered in central Manchester. Despite this economic diversification, Govt plans are under development to revive textile production in Greater Manchester and restore it as the national home of British textile manufacture.

Today, Greater Manchester is the economic centre of the North West of England and is the largest sub-regional economy in the UK outside London and South East England. Manchester is known as the best place in the UK to locate a business.



Greater Manchester has an area of 1,276 km2 (493 sq mi). 

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