Leicester Population 2024

Leicester population

Leicester is a city of England with population over 400,000. The city is a district settlement of Leicestershire. Leicester is located close to the River Soar and to the termination of the National Forest.

This city is at the juncture of two key railway lines in the country. The railway lines are the north or the south Midland Major line and east or west line that connects Birmingham to London.

Leicester is one of the oldest places in England, the history of the city started from more than two ages ago. The Romans advanced the Iron age they met at the place during the first or the second century. King Richard III was buried in the city.

Based on our research, Leicester population will reach 477,293 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 2.88% 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 Leicester

Looking back at the data of the population in the city in the last twelve years, it can be seen that the population growth rate of the city is strong and consistent. The growth rate ranges from 2.38 percent to 4.06 percent. Approximately 8,900 to 14,258 people were added to the population every year.  

Year Population Growth rate
2011 329,900 n/a
2012 340,142 3.10%
2013 351,242 3.26%
2014 365,500 4.06%
2015 374,400 2.44%
2016 383,300 2.38%
2017 394,100 2.82%
2018 405,660 2.93%
2019 417,824 3.00%
2020 429,130 2.97%
2021 440,233 2.59%
2022 451,900 2.65%
2023 463,920 2.66%

Demographics of Leicester

The ethnic groups in the Leicester are many. The Whites are the largest ethnic group in the city with 50.6 percent of the total population. There are various groups of white people in the city variesdepending on their origin; there are 45.1 percent British whites, 0.8 percent Irish whites and 4.6 percent white people from other places. Other ethnic groups include Blacks (6.3 percent), Asians (37.1 percent), Arabs (1.6 percent) and other groups (1.6 percent).

Unlike the religious activities of other places in the world, the religion features of Leicester is not wide-ranging. The Christians are dominant in the city with 32.4 percent of the population, Muslims are 18.6 percent of the population and Hindus are 15.2 percent of the population. Other religions are Sikhs (4.4 percent), Buddhism (0.4 percent) and Jews (0.1 percent).

English is the most spoken language in Leicester, 72.47 percent of the population can speak and understand English language. Gujarati is the second common language in the city, 11.54 percent of the population can speak the language. Other languages are Punjabi (2.4 percent), Polish (1.97 percent), Urdu (1.07 percent), Somali (1.06 percent), Arabic (0.8 percent), Bengali (0.57 percent) etc.

Population Density of Leicester

 The population density of Leicester is 4,495 persons per square kilometer.

Facts About Leicester

  1. The first radio station in Britain was established in Leicester, BBC Radio Leicester was established in 1967. The city is the origin of local radio in the United Kingdom.
  2. The Market in the city is the largest outdoor market in Europe.
  3. Leicester has the highest number of traffic lights in United Kingdom.
  4. Thomas Cook composed the first package visit on the planet all from Leicester to Loughborough in the year 1841. The travelers were charged just on shilling per person for the transport and refreshment.
  5. The Guinness Book of Records award was given to Leicester for owning the biggest Tesco in the whole of Europe.
  6. There is an annual parade recognized as Leicester Pride. It is a Caribbean Festival and it is the largest Diwali festivities beyond India. The festival is also the largest parody carnival in the United Kingdom.


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