ONS reveals Manchester and Salford are England's two fastest-growing cities

The ONS has this week released its mid-year population estimates for 2019, revealing that Manchester's population grew faster than any other English city in the year to summer 2019.

High density new residential developments are driving rapid population growth in Manchester and Salford
High density new residential developments are driving rapid population growth in Manchester and Salford

The data reveals that the City of Manchester's population rose by an additional 5,231 people between 2018 and 2019, giving it a new population of 552,858. The city breached half a million people in 2011, and is due to hit 600,000 by the middle of this decade. This makes Manchester the England's fastest growing city, as the data - by the Office for National Statistics - revealed.


Prospering neighbours


England's second-fastest growing city is in fact Salford, which neighbours Manchester, and which grew by 4,426 people between 2018 and 2019. Leeds is the fastest-growing metropolitan district in England outside Greater Manchester - the West Yorkshire city increased its population by 3,945 inhabitants in the twelve months to mid-2019.


The cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh both grew faster than Manchester last year, adding an additional 6,710 and 6,430 inhabitants respectively over the period.


Greater Manchester - the metropolitan region around Manchester and Salford - is now the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the UK, adding an additional 23,117 people in 2018/19 to produce a final population of 2,835,686. Greater Manchester's population breached 2.8 million only last year, and has grown rapidly from a low of 2.5 million in 2001. Growth in Greater Manchester is also accelerating. Between 2009 and 2014, the region's population grew by 90,290 (18,058 per year), while between 2014 and 2019, the population grew by 105,563 - 21,113 per year. Data