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The latest population figures produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 22 June 2017 show that an estimated 534,300 people live in Bradford District - an increase of 3,100 people (0.6%) since the previous year.

Bradford District is the fifth largest metropolitan district (in terms of population) in England, after Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester although the District’s population growth is lower than other major cities. In the last year Bradford’s population has grown at a rate of 0.6% which is similar to last year.

The increase in the District’s population is largely due to “natural change”- there have been around 3,600 more births than deaths, although this has been balanced by a larger number of people leaving Bradford to live in other parts of the UK than coming to live here and a lower number of international migrants. In 2015/16 the net internal migration was –2,600 and the net international migration was 2,300.

A large proportion of Bradford’s population is dominated by the younger age groups. More than one-quarter (30.2%) of the District’s population is aged less than 20 and nearly seven in ten people are aged less than 50. Bradford has the third highest percentage of the under 16 population in England after the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Slough Borough Council.

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 for January to December 2016 found that Bradford has 219,400 people aged 16 to 64 in employment. At 67.3% this is significantly lower than the national rate (74.3%). 90,800 (around 1 in 3 people) aged 16-64, are not in work. The claimant count rate is 2.8% which is higher than the regional and national averages.

Skill levels are improving with 24.5% of 16 to 74 year olds educated to degree level. 16.1% of the district’s employed residents work in retail/wholesale. The percentage of people working in manufacturing has continued to decrease from 13.4% in 2009 to 11.7% in 2016. This is still higher than the average for England (9.4%).

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