Edinburgh, UK Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Edinburgh, UK metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Edinburgh in 2021 is 543,000, a 1.12% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Edinburgh in 2020 was 537,000, a 1.13% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Edinburgh in 2019 was 531,000, a 1.14% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Edinburgh in 2018 was 525,000, a 1.16% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in UK
City Name Population
London 9,426,000
Manchester 2,750,000
West Midlands 2,626,000
West Yorkshire 1,902,000
Glasgow 1,681,000
South Hampshire 936,000
Liverpool 906,000
Newcastle upon Tyne 814,000
Nottingham 794,000
Sheffield 735,000
Bristol 694,000
Belfast 635,000
Brighton-Worthing-Littlehampton 612,000
Leicester 557,000
Edinburgh 543,000
Bournemouth/Poole 510,000
Cardiff 481,000
Coventry-Bedworth 432,000
Middlesbrough 389,000
The Potteries 388,000
Reading-Wokingham 345,000
Sunderland 342,000
Birkenhead 330,000
Preston 330,000
Kingston upon Hull 322,000
Newport 318,000
Southend-On-Sea 314,000
Swansea 313,000
Edinburgh - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 543,000 1.12%
2020 537,000 1.13%
2019 531,000 1.14%
2018 525,000 1.16%
2017 519,000 1.17%
2016 513,000 1.18%
2015 507,000 1.20%
2014 501,000 1.21%
2013 495,000 1.23%
2012 489,000 1.24%
2011 483,000 0.63%
2010 480,000 0.63%
2009 477,000 0.63%
2008 474,000 0.64%
2007 471,000 0.64%
2006 468,000 0.43%
2005 466,000 0.65%
2004 463,000 0.65%
2003 460,000 0.66%
2002 457,000 0.66%
2001 454,000 0.67%
2000 451,000 0.89%
1999 447,000 0.68%
1998 444,000 0.91%
1997 440,000 0.69%
1996 437,000 0.92%
1995 433,000 0.70%
1994 430,000 0.94%
1993 426,000 0.71%
1992 423,000 0.71%
1991 420,000 0.24%
1990 419,000 0.00%
1989 419,000 0.00%
1988 419,000 0.00%
1987 419,000 -0.24%
1986 420,000 0.00%
1985 420,000 0.00%
1984 420,000 0.00%
1983 420,000 0.00%
1982 420,000 0.00%
1981 420,000 -0.71%
1980 423,000 -0.94%
1979 427,000 -0.70%
1978 430,000 -0.92%
1977 434,000 -0.91%
1976 438,000 -0.90%
1975 442,000 -0.90%
1974 446,000 -0.89%
1973 450,000 -0.88%
1972 454,000 -0.87%
1971 458,000 -0.22%
1970 459,000 -0.22%
1969 460,000 0.00%
1968 460,000 -0.22%
1967 461,000 -0.22%
1966 462,000 0.00%
1965 462,000 -0.22%
1964 463,000 -0.22%
1963 464,000 0.00%
1962 464,000 -0.22%
1961 465,000 0.22%
1960 464,000 0.22%
1959 463,000 0.22%
1958 462,000 0.22%
1957 461,000 0.22%
1956 460,000 0.22%
1955 459,000 0.44%
1954 457,000 0.22%
1953 456,000 0.22%
1952 455,000 0.22%
1951 454,000 0.22%
1950 453,000 0.00%