Northern Ireland population increases by just under 11,000 people

Posted by
Thursday, July 4th, 2019

The Northern Ireland population at 30 June 2018 was estimated to be 1.882 million, an annual increase of 10,800 people (0.6%) on the 2017 estimate.

This is one of the findings of the annual statistics published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).



The annual increase is driven by both natural growth of 6,700 people (23,100 births minus 16,400 deaths) and net inward migration of 4,100 people (23,600 people moving here to live and 19,400 people leaving to live elsewhere).

The estimates show the continuing ageing of the population. Over the year the number of people aged 65 or more increased by 1.7% (to 308,200 people).

The number of children aged under 16 also increased, but by a lower rate of 0.7% (up to 393,500 children).

The population in all Local Government Districts (LGDs) increased over the year.



The increases ranged from 1.2% in Lisburn & Castlereagh LGD to 0.1% in Derry City & Strabane LGD.

Annual population growth rates to mid-2018 were the same in Northern Ireland as they were in the UK as a whole (0.6%).

The UK population grew from 66.040 million in mid-2017 to 66.436 million in mid-2018. In the Republic of Ireland (year to April 2018) the population grew significantly faster up by 1.3% to 4.857million.

This leaves the population for the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland) at around 6.739 million in mid-2018.



Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in