Population and Migration

Population and migration in Bournemouth


In Mid-2017, Bournemouth had an estimated population of 194,800.  Please note the 2012 to 2016 were recently revised; for a summary and explanation of the changes please see the Insight Briefing Report

In terms of population density, the most populated ward is Boscombe West with 106 persons per hectare. The least populated is East Southbourne and Tuckton with 22 people per hectare. The Borough as a whole has an average population density of 41 persons per hectare.

The latest Population Trends document for Bournemouth can be accessed here.

The 2016-based sub-national household projections were released by the Office for National Statistics on the 20th September 2018.  A report looking at the results with comparisons with the previous projections can be viewed in the latest Insight Briefing Report.

Births and deaths

Since 2007 the number of births has outnumbered deaths in Bournemouth.  This trend has continued with 2,130 births and 2,003 deaths in 2017. 



From mid-2016 to mid-2017, national and international migration and other changes meant that around 900 more residents moved to Bournemouth. 

The largest group of migrants moving from elsewhere in the UK are aged 16-24 as students move to Bournemouth for university. 

There’s a growing diverse ethnic community in Bournemouth.