Local Population To Reach Almost Two Million

Northern Ireland's population is set to reach almost two million in the next 25 years.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) revealed the growth in its 2018-based Population Projections.

Local population currently stands at 1.8 million but is projected to hit 1.95 million by 2028 and increase again to 1.99 million by mid-2043.
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A key statistic from the bulletin is the continued ageing of the population, with those aged 65 and over projected to increase by 56.2% between mid-2018 and mid-2043. Likewise, the population aged 85 and over is projected to increase by 106.4% over the same period.

In the next ten years, there is expected to be more people aged over 65 than children younger than 15, with natural change (births minus deaths) projected to be the main driver of population growth over the next 25 years.

Northern Ireland is projected to have the second largest population growth (5.7%), with only England experiencing more (10.3%). Scotland is predicted to see growth of 2.5%, while Wales can expect a decrease of 0.9%.


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