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Population of Luton

Luton 

Luton located approximately 30 miles due north of London. The Town has been densely built-up, with its boundaries very drawn tightly against the edge of the built-up area and is surrounded by the Green Belt and situated within the Chilterns 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. 

 

The Town is often characterised as being comparable to London Boroughs in relation to housing issues, tensions between supply and demand, affordability and quality; and parts of the local population experiencing high levels of deprivation.

 

Luton has been a migration destination for decades, and now has a super diverse population, with approximately 55% of the population being of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) origin.

 

Population movements are high, both in and out of the Town. There is also a high birth rate. 

 

It is estimated that approximately 50% to 60% of the current population were either not born or not living in Luton at the time of the 2011 Census. The population of Luton increased from 203,400 in 2011 to 216,800 in 2016. During this time, international migration has grown, primarily driven by those arriving from the eight countries that joined the EU during its enlargement in 2004. 

 

The Town has also seen UK Internal migration with an increase of people moving from North London Boroughs to Luton.

 

Luton younger population compared with the rest of England and the Eastern Region, with 22% of the population being under 15, compared to 18% regionally and nationally. The over 65 age group represents 12% of the Luton population compared with 16% nationally and 18% regionally. 

 

Year

Luton 

Annual Change

Luton Growth

Population

UK Change

UK Growth 

2013

207400

 

 

 

 

 

2014

210200

2800

   

491100

 

2015

213000

3400

   

513200

 

2016

215900

2300

   

538100

 

2017

214700

-1200

-0.6%

66m

392100

 

2012 -16

 

7300

 

 

1934500

 

[Source: Office for National Statistics]

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