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Sustainable consumption and production
Creating sustainable communities and a fairer world

35. Demography

Population and population of working age, 1970 to 2009


Contextual indicator
  • In 2009, the overall population of the UK was estimated to be 61.8 million people.  This represents an increase from 55.6 million in 1970 and from 57.2 million in 1990.

  • The working age population of the UK is estimated to be 38.2 million people in 2009, up from 35.1 million in 1990 and 32.6 million in 1972 (the current definition of working age was introduced in this year).

  • In 2009, 62 per cent of the total population was estimated to be of working age. The corresponding figures for 1972 and 1990 were 58 and 61 per cent respectively.


Updated: 30 July 2010