Population of Somerset 2021/2022

The population of Somerset is 965,424. Located in the South West of England, Somerset is the 22nd most populous ceremonial county in England.

The county of Somerset is divided into three main parts. Somerset County Council administers the non-metropolitan county of Somerset, which has a population of 545,390. In addition, there are two unitary authorities – Bath & North East Somerset (pop: 184,874) and North Somerset (pop: 209,944). See the tables below for more information.

Bath is the largest city in Somerset. It has a population of 88,859 people (2015 data). More detail can be found below, in the section on cities and towns in Somerset.

Although Bristol has, at times, been considered a part of Somerset (and of Gloucestershire) it is today a unitary authority. You can read more about the city in our article on the population of Bristol.

Somerset population by area

The historic county of Somerset is made up of three main administrative areas – Somerset (the non-metropolitan county, administered by Somerset County Council), Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset.

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This table lists the population of each area in the county:

AreaPopulation (2015)
Somerset (metropolitan county)545,390
North Somerset (unitary authority)209,944
Bath & North East Somerset (unitary authority)184,874
Total (ceremonial county)940,208

In addition, the non-unitary county of Somerset is divided into five smaller district councils – they are Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, West Somerset and Taunton Deane. 

This table lists the population of each district in the metropolitan county of Somerset:

DistrictPopulation (2015)
South Somerset164,982
Sedgemoor120,260
Taunton Deane114,021
Mendip111,724
West Somerset34,403

Largest towns and cities in Somerset

Somerset is mainly a rural county, but it is home to a few mid-sized cities and towns.

Bath is the largest of Somerset’s two cities. In 2011, it was home to 88,859 people. Other major towns in Somerset include Weston-super Mare (population: 76,143), Taunton (population 64,621), Yeovil (population 45,784) and Bridgwater (population 35,886).

Somerset is also home to the second smallest city in England – Wells (population 10,536).

(Because cities in the UK are places which have been officially granted city status, and are not necessarily large urban areas) there are some very small cities in the country. The only city smaller than Wells in England is the city of London. There are also two even smaller cities in Wales – St David’s and St Asaph.)

Here is a list of the largest towns and cities in Somerset.

RankPlacePopulation
1Bath94,782
2Weston-super-Mare83,641
3Taunton60,479
4Yeovil45,784
5Bridgwater41,276
6Frome26,203
7Portishead23,699
8Burnham-on-Sea / Highbridge23,325
9Clevedon21,002
10Nailsea16,060
11Keynsham15,641
12Chard13,074
13Street12,911
14Midsomer Norton12,415
15Minehead11,981
16Wellington11,213
17Wells10,536
18Shepton Mallet10,369
19Radstock9,419
20Glastonbury8,471
21Crewkerne7,826
22Yatton7,203
23Peasedown St John6,269
24Ilminster5,808
25Wincanton5,435
26Paulton5,302
27Long Ashton5,254
28Cheddar5,199
29Pill / Easton-in-Gordano4,828
30Somerton4,697
31Winscombe4,546
32Martock4,522
33Watchet3,581
34Wedmore3,318
35North Petherton3,142
36Bruton2,907
37South Petherton2,747
38Williton2,574
39Castle Cary2,276
40Wiveliscombe2,178
41Axbridge2,057
42Dulverton1,408
43Langport1,081
Somerset cities and towns by population (2011)

Somerset Population Growth

The population of Somerset has grown steadily over the last century or more. The table below lists the total Somerset population (that is, for the entire ceremonial county) at the time of each census since 1901.

YearPopulation
1901445,266
1911462,357
1921471,038
1931479,758
1941520,396
1951563,970
1961619,751
1971682,043
1981731,886
1991812,997
2001855,694
2011908,553
2015 (est.)940,208

Further reading

Data in this article comes from the Office of National Statistics.

Somerset Intelligence has detailed data about population in the areas administered by Somerset County Council, including maps, information on population density, population projections and a detailed population pyramid.

Detailed information about the population of North Somerset can be found at the North Somerset Council website and information about the population of Bath and North East Somerset (including a population pyramid) can be found at the Bath & North East Somerset Council website.