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Population estimates and forecasts

2017 mid year population estimates

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that the population of Bedford Borough on 30 June 2017 was 169,912.

View a detailed breakdown of the 2017 population by age and sex, and by 5-year age groups.

Population projections

The most recent population projections for the Borough are the ONS 2016-based Subnational Population Projections for 2016-2041. 

ONS estimates that the Borough’s population will increase to approximately 185,700, an increase of 7.5% over 2018.  

However, the older population is projected to increase at a much higher rate. The 65 and over population is projected to rise by 17.4% from 2018 - 2025, and the 85 and over population by 20.5%. 

Longer term, the population of the Borough is projected to reach 206,400 in 2041. This would represent a 19.4% increase between 2018 and 2041.

However, older age groups are projected to rise by much greater levels, with those aged 65 and over increasing by 67.1%, and those aged 85 and over by 118.2% (from 4,400 in 2018 to 9,600 in 2041).

Further information

Please email intelligence@bedford.gov.uk for further information,