The latest population figures produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 25 June 2015 show that an estimated 528,200 people live in Bradford District.
Bradford District is the fourth largest metropolitan district (in terms of population) in England, after Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds although the District’s population growth is lower than other major cities. In the last three years Bradford’s population has grown at 0.3% which is slower than the regional average of 0.8% and the national average of 1.5%.
Bradford is a youthful district with the third highest number of 0 -15 year olds (124,650) in England; only Birmingham and Leeds have higher numbers. Nearly one-quarter (23.6%) of the District’s population is aged under 16.
The population of Bradford is ethnically diverse. The largest proportion of the district’s population (63.9%) identifies themselves as White British. The district has the largest proportion of people of Pakistani ethnic origin (20.3%) in England.
The largest religious group in Bradford is Christian (45.9% of the population). Nearly one quarter of the population (24.7%) are Muslim. Just over one fifth of the district’s population (20.7%) stated that they had no religion.
There are 199, 296 households in the Bradford district. Most households own their own home (29.3% outright and 35.7% with a mortgage). The percentage of privately rented households is 18.1%. 29.6% of households were single person households.
Information from the Annual Population Survey in December 2014 found that Bradford has 214,800 people aged 16-64 in employment. At 65.3% this is significantly lower than the national rate (72.4%). 114,300 (around 1 in 3 people) aged 16-64, are not in work. The claimant count rate is 3.3% which is higher than the regional and national averages.
Skill levels are improving with 25.3% of 16 to 74 year olds educated to degree level. 16.5% of the district’s employed residents work in retail/wholesale. The percentage of people working in manufacturing has continued to decrease from 13.2% in 2012 to 12.5% in 2013. This is still higher than the average for Great Britain (8.5%).