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Northern Ireland’s population rises to almost 1.9m


Northern Ireland's population had increased by around 1,800 people in 2020.

Northern Ireland's population had increased by around 1,800 people in 2020.

Northern Ireland's population had increased by around 1,800 people in 2020.

Northern Ireland’s population has increased to just under 1.9 million people, official figures show.

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) found that by June 30 last year the population had settled at 1.896 million.

This represents an annual increase of 1,800 people (0.1 per cent) from higher than the 2019 estimate.

A natural growth of 5,200 people was calculated after 21,900 births and 16,700 deaths were recorded.

Migration accounted for a loss of 3,300 people, with 21,200 people moving here to live and 24,500 people moving away to live elsewhere.

A trend for a growing elderly population continued, with those aged 65 and over increasing by 1.7 per cent to 319,000 people.

Meanwhile, the amount of children aged 16 and under remained stable at 395,800.

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Three Local Government Districts saw their populations decrease over the year, from a 0.1 per cent drop in Fermanagh and Omagh as well as Derry City and Strabane to 0.3 per cent in Belfast.

The largest population growth was seen in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon at 0.5 per cent.

Northern Ireland’s 0.1 per cent increase was slower than the UK average in the same period at 0.43 per cent, increasing by 284,400 people to 67.081 million.

England had the biggest increase at 0.47 per cent to 56.550 million, Scotland by 0.05 per cent to 5,466 million and Wales by 0.53 per cent to 3.170 million.

In the Republic of Ireland (up to April 2020) there was a population increase of 1.1 per cent to 4.98 million.

This brings the population of the island of Ireland as a whole to 6.87 million in mid-2020.

The latest figures follow the completion of the Northern Ireland census in March this year.

With at least 97% of households completing the questionnaire, the once in a decade survey will produce a detailed profile of Northern Ireland’s population.

While the breakdown along religious lines in Northern Ireland often grabs headlines the survey also helps to inform public policy and the allocation of resources for years to come.

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