The Population of Bristol August 2019

Population Cover NEW NOV 2018Please find attached the annual update of ‘The Population of Bristol’ report which includes a new section summarising equalities statistics.

Some key messages include:

The population of Bristol continues to grow but at a slower rate to that seen over recent years.  Since 2008 the total population of Bristol is estimated to have increased by 48,600 people an increase of 11.7%, this compares to an England and Wales increase of 7.8% over the same decade.

  • Natural change (births minus deaths) accounts for almost two thirds of the total population change in Bristol over the last decade.  This is in contrast to the national picture where net international migration remains the largest component of population change. That said, in 2018 the number of births fell to 5,820, a fall of 14% since the recent peak in 2012. Births in Bristol have not been this low since the year 2006.
  • In 2017/18 there were 54,000 students in total registered at the two main Bristol universities. Over the last 5 years (2011/12-17/18) there has been an increase in university student numbers of 6,500 (17%). The majority of this growth can be accounted for by an increase in full time students studying at the University of Bristol.
  • Nationally overall long-term international net migration figures have remained broadly stable since the end of 2016, however, the pattern of migration to the UK for work has been changing. Long-term immigration to the UK for work has fallen, mainly driven by the decline in EU arrivals. The number of skilled work visas for non-EU citizens is increasing, although overall non-EU work-related immigration has remained broadly stable. Non-EU student immigration has risen in the past year after remaining broadly stable since 2013.

The report is available to download on the BCC population web page

Jayne Mills | Strategic City Planning/Strategic Intelligence and Performance | Bristol City Council | T: 0117 903 6873 | E:



Bristol’s Mid-2018 Population Estimate: 463,400

2018 Mid-Year Estimates of Population were published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 26 June 2019. Mid-year population estimates are produced for all local authorities and updated annually. Persons included are those people usually resident in Bristol including students and school boarders at their term time address and long-term migrants (ie coming to UK for more than a year). The results are available by single year of age and gender.

Over the last decade the total population of Bristol local authority is estimated to have increased by 48,600 people an increase of 11.7%, this compares to an England and Wales increase of 7.8% over the same decade. This follows a trend of a more or less stable population in Bristol throughout the 1990s. If recent trends continue, Bristol’s population is projected to increase to more than half a million by 2027.

The components that contribute to population change include births, deaths and migration. Natural change (births minus deaths) is the main contributor to population growth in Bristol over the 12 months to mid-2018, despite the number of births in Bristol continuing to fall. Between mid-2017 and mid-2018 there were 5,850 births and 3,466 deaths (accounting for 57% of the total population increase) and 1,800 more migrants (both from within and outside the UK) arriving in Bristol than emigrants leaving (accounting for 43% of the total population increase).

Population estimates and projections are available on the Bristol Statistics web page, on Open Data Bristol and on the ONS NOMIS web site.

For further information please contact

New Ward Data Profiles 2019

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New data profiles for Bristol wards have been released, updated May 2019.

These are available as

  • an interactive tool where all the data is in one place and you can switch between wards or topic areas, and copy pages into other reports
  • a suite of 34 Ward Profile reports

Note – If accessed using a Bristol City Council laptop, please download the tool to a network drive and then re-open in order to enable the macros; alternatively, access the tool via the Council G Drive at: G:\BCC-Common\Strategic Intelligence\Ward Profiles.
The pdf reports open in any browser, and contain the same information as in the tool

For further information, contact

Quality of Life 2018-19 survey: Equalities groups and Ward summary

QoL 2018-19 Equalities groups and Ward summary

The Equalities groups and Ward summary report from the Quality of Life 2018/19 survey results is now available. This is a supplement to the main QoL 2018-19 survey results and provides a summary of QoL results for Equality groups and wards.

The data is already in the published QoL Data Dashboard, but this report provides a visual summary of which groups are significantly better or worse for the priority (and new) indicators.

For further information, contact

State of Bristol: Key Facts 2018/19

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This year’s State of Bristol: Key Facts (2018/19) is now available. Highlighting key statistical information about Bristol, it is a summary of major facts and infographics about living in the city. This document is available on the Bristol City Council Statistics page.

For further information, contact

Quality of Life 2018-19 survey results

QoL 2018-19_smThe Quality of Life 2018/19 report is now available, as well as the full Quality of Life 2018/19 data results in Open Data Bristol. There are over 200 indicators, with most data available by ward, equality group and areas of deprivation.

The quality of life results cover topics such as:
health, lifestyles, community, local services and public perception about living in Bristol.

The Quality of Life (QoL) survey provides an annual snapshot of the quality of life in Bristol. The 2018 survey was sent to a random sample of 29,000 Bristol households, with the results published in the report above. The 2019 survey will be sent out later this year in September and gives local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about issues close to their hearts and their views on local public services. It has been an annual survey since 2001, but does change over time.

The results are used by the council, health service and other public sector partners to help plan local services, track change and improve the quality of life in Bristol. The survey is the council’s main tool for providing neighbourhood level statistics and public perception information.


Bristol Development Monitoring Report

Cover 2018 AMRThe Bristol Development Monitoring Report is the Authority’s Monitoring Report (AMR). Local Planning Authorities are required to make this information available annually. The 2018 AMR covers the reporting period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 and updates the 2017 AMR, which was published in March 2018.

The 2018 AMR reports on:

The Bristol Development Monitoring Report supports the Bristol Local Plan and is an important element in providing the comprehensive, robust and credible evidence base, which is required to support the development of sound policies.

Additional development monitoring is contained within the Bristol Residential Development Survey Report; the Bristol Business Development Survey Report and the Five Year Housing Land Supply.

For further information, contact Debra Abraham, Strategic City Planning on 0117 9036796, or email