Latest UK Population

The UK is made up of four countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Together, their population is 67,081,234.

You can see a breakdown by country in the table below.

CountryPopulation (2021)
England56,550,138
Scotland5,466,000
Wales3,169,586
Northern Ireland1,895,510
UK Population (2021)67,081,234

UK Towns and Cities

This table lists the ten largest urban areas in the UK. London is the largest city, with a population of 7.5 million people.

CityPopulation (2021)
London7,556,900
Birmingham984,333
Liverpool864,122
Nottingham729,977
Sheffield685,365
Bristol617,280
Glasgow591,620
Leicester508,916
Edinburgh464,990
Leeds455,123

More detail can be found in our article on the largest cities in the UK.

Counties in England

Here is a list of the largest counties in the UK. We also have an article about the counties of Ireland.

CountyPopulation (2021)
Yorkshire5,218,838
Lancashire4,942,364
Middlesex4,000,927
Essex2,999,248
Surrey2,975,836
Kent2,747,715
Staffordshire2,159,392
Hampshire2,099,640
Cheshire1,668,894
Warwickshire1,632,885
Source: The Demography of the Historic Counties

Largest Islands

Here is a list of the most populous islands of the British Isles

IslandArea (km2)Population
Great Britain209,33160,800,000
Ireland81,6386,378,000
Portsea Island24147,088
Isle of Wight381132,731
Isle of Man57280,056
Anglesey71469,000
Isle of Sheppey9437,852
Canvey Island1937,479
Lews and Harris2,17919,918
Mainland (Shetland)96917,550

The Channel Islands are often thought of as part of the British Isles, but they are actually located just off the coast of France.

Other islands of note that we have population data for are: Mainland (Orkney) (population 22,400), the Isle of Skye (population 13,143) and Arran (population 4,629).

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