Edinburgh Population 2024

Edinburgh Population

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh, is situated in the Lothian on the Firth of Forth’s southern shore. The city is counted among the most populous cities of United Kingdom with population over 500,000.The city is the second largest monetary centre of United Kingdom, after London.

Edinburgh has a number of marvelous attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Museum of Scotland, Arthurs Seat, Edinburgh Waverley railway station and many others.

Based on our research, Edinburgh population will reach 520,711 by 1st July of 2024. We use first day of July each year due to Office for National Statistics (ONS) normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.59% over last 12 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.

Population Growth of Edinburgh

If we take a look at the past twelve years, the population growth rate of Edinburgh has experienced consistent and low figures from 0.36% to 1.03%, adding up around 1,800 to 4,950 people to the overall population each year. What contributes the growth we believe is the organic growth from the city.

Years Population Growth Rate
2011 482,300 n/a
2012 487,250 1.03%
2013 489,500 0.46%
2014 493,350 0.79%
2015 496,320 0.60%
2016 498,120 0.36%
2017 500,364 0.45%
2018 502,441 0.42%
2019 505,384 0.59%
2020 508,440 0.59%
2021 511,580 0.62%
2022 514,700 0.61%
2023 517,650 0.57%

Demographics of Edinburgh

According to the UK Census 2011, 91.7% of the populace of Edinburgh is White, 2.7% of the population is Polish, 1.7% of the populace belongs to China, Indians make up 1.4% of the Edinburgh’s populace 1.2% of the people belong to Pakistan, 0.3% of them are Bangladeshis. 1.6% of the Edinburgh’s populace is from varied African countries and over 3,700 people of the city are from United States.

By religion, 43.0% of the population of Edinburgh is Christian, 2.6% of the populace is the follower of Islamic religion and the remaining belongs to the other religions.

Population Density of Edinburgh

The density of population of Edinburgh is 4,730 people per square mile, making it the second largest city of the Scotland after Glasgow.

Facts About Edinburgh

  1. The Edinburgh Castle stands on a large rock, which is apparently an extinct volcano that hasn’t been erupted for about 350 million years.
  2. Since Edinburgh was a successful industrial area, the clouds of fire always encompassed the city. For avoiding such circumstances, Edinburgh made the first brigade and became the first city to provide fire service.
  3. Edinburgh was the first city to earn the name of UNESCO City of Literature. Many prosperous writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Murial Spark, Irvine Welsh, etc. were born in the city.
  4. The legendary writer, J.K Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in an Edinburgh café.
  5. Edinburgh Zoo is the exclusive wildlife park in the whole UK to dwell koalas and pandas.
  6. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the national animal of Scotland is unicorn.
  7. Situated within the boundaries of Edinburgh Castle, St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest enduring building in Edinburgh.
  8. George Bryce, a murderer, was the last man to be executed publically in Edinburgh in 1867.
  9. Greyfriars Bobby, the Edinburgh dog, is the only dog to earn Freedom of the City in the whole UK.
  10. Edinburgh has more number of trees per head of populace than any other city of United Kingdom.


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