The North West population
Total residents: 7 Million
Greater Manchester : 2,559,900
Working Age Population: 1,613,700
Economically Active: 1,234,100
In Employment: 1,112,600
Greater Manchester is experiencing a significant growth in population, which is being boosted by increasing student numbers, domestic and international migration, a relatively young population, and an ageing and healthier resident base.
The population of greater Manchester is 4.2% of the UK population, of which 62.9% are of working age, giving a resident labour market of around 1.6 million people.
Greater Manchester’s population gives it national significance. It is the largest single conurbation outside of London in terms of population, ahead of Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow.