Peterborough's population

Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and currently has a population of approximately 193,000 people, which is predicted to grow by 14% between 2015-2030 to 220,600.

In terms of ethnic demography, the largest single group is White British, followed by Asian: 

White British 130,232 70.90%
White other 19,495 10.60%
Asian & Asian other 20,620 11.20%
Black and black other 4164 2.30%
Multiple ethnic group 4948 2.70%
White Irish 1257 0.70%
Other 1483 0.80%
Chinese 872 0.50%
Traveller 560 0.30%
Total 183,631 100%
  • Peterborough has a higher percentage of people living in the 20% most deprived areas in England as compared to the national average.
  • The city also has a higher percentage of children and older people living in deprivation.
  • Peterborough has a significantly lower healthy life expectancy for both males (60.6 years) and females (59.0 years) as compared to the national average (63.3 and 63.9 years respectively).
  • Indications show that a large proportion of Peterborough’s population will develop long term health problems at a relatively early age, often resulting in a high demand for health and social care services.
  • Districts in Peterborough showing lowest levels of self reported good health are East, Dogsthorpe, Ravensthorpe, Central, North, Paston and North Bretton wards.
  • However, the districts with the highest levels of self-reported good health are Barnack, Glinton and Wittering, Newborough, Northborough, Orton Waterville, Orton with Hampton, Werrington South and West.

What we know about our population

  • In the 2011 Census, 13,427 people of all ages reported long term conditions which affected day to day activities.
  • Dementia is thought to have affected 1,793 of the population of Peterborough aged 65 plus in 2012 and expected to rise to 2,157 of the older people population in 2020. 
  • In 2014 it was estimated that 629 older people had a long term condition caused by a stroke (2.1% of the population). By 2020 this is expected to rise to 714 of the population. By 2030 this is forecast to rise to 926. 
  • In 2014 it was estimated that 7,251 older people experience a fall of these 570 are thought to have been admitted to hospital as a result. By 2020, 646 people aged 65 plus are expected to be admitted to hospital following a fall.
  • In 2012, 2,247 older people were thought to be suffering from depression in the City. By 2020 this number is expected to rise to 2,605. 
  • In 2014, 1,335 older people were thought to have a long-standing health condition caused by a heart attack. This is expected to rise to 1,512 by 2020 and 1,939 by 2030. 
  • In 2014, there were estimated to be 4,999 older people in Peterborough unable to manage at least one mobility activity on their own, just under 1 in 5 older people. By 2020, this number is expected to rise to 5,775 for those aged 65 plus an increase of 15.5%. For those aged 85 plus there is 21.4% rise forecast to 2,010 people experiencing problems with at least one mobility task.
  • Treatment profiles for drugs and alcohol misuse shows Peterborough has significantly lower rates of older adults (45+) in treatment when compared to other eastern region areas.