Population in the UK

The UK population is one of the fastest growing populations in Europe and currently stands at 66 million people. If current trends continue, the United Kingdom is expected to become the most populous nation in Europe by the second half of this century, despite its small land area.

Learn the facts about population in the UK here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about population in the UK below.

Public Health Cuts

Briefings and submissions

Following the announcement of £200 million cuts to public health in the UK, we examine the potential impact of these cuts on sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

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High population growth in the UK’s local authorities

Briefings and submissions

UK population levels are expected to grow to 70 million by 2027. Many local authorities already face significant difficulties linked to population growth.

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Public services in the UK

Briefings and submissions

In this briefing, the challenges faced by both public services, and the consequences this has for society, will be explored.

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Why family size varies in England and Wales

Briefings and submissions

Of the latest group of women in England and Wales to have reached the end of their childbearing years, four in five have had children. The majority of these women have two or more children, women are now as likely to be childless as to have three children, and one in every ten women has four or more children.

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Natural amenities in the UK

Natural amenities are beneficial to humanity in many ways. They contribute economically, socially and environmentally to our lives. Losing these free services would inflict great costs on our society.

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Sustainable consumption (affluence)

Sustainability Insights

It is completely unsustainable for the whole world population to enjoy the high-consumption lifestyles that industrialized countries such as the UK benefit from at present. 

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Space and amenities

Sustainability Insights

There are more people in the world than ever before, and we are living closer together, with over half the world’s population now in towns and cities.

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5 October 2018

Sir David Attenborough: we must act on population

Population Matters patron Sir David Attenborough was interviewed on the BBC’s Newsnight, where he once again spoke out about our unsustainable population growth and the urgent need to address it.

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24 September 2018

Ten thousand walk for Britain’s disappearing wildlife

Last Saturday, Population Matters joined ten thousand people from across the UK who flocked to London for a ground-breaking event: the biggest march for wildlife the country has ever seen.

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13 September 2018

Wildlife under threat – UK hedgehog numbers plummet

A recent large-scale hedgehog survey across Britain’s rural areas found an alarmingly low number of animals, bolstering earlier research indicating a steep decline. An iconic animal in the UK, the decline in hedgehog numbers reflects disappearing biodiversity under human pressure.

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