The 2018-based projections provide statistics on the potential future size and age structure of the population of the UK and its constituent countries.

Main points

  • The population of Wales is projected to increase by 0.6% to 3.16 million by 2028, but decrease by 0.9% to 3.11 million by 2043.
  • This is the first time a longer-term population decrease has been projected for Wales in recent times.
  • The number of children aged under 16 is projected to decrease by 6.8% to 524,300 between 2018 and 2028.
  • The number of people aged 16-64 is projected to decrease by 1.7% to 1,890,400 between 2018 and 2028.
  • The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase by 13.8% to 742,200 between 2018 and 2028.
  • The number of people aged 75 and over is projected to increase by 29.0% to 377,300 between 2018 and 2028.

Note

The detailed dataset on StatsWales will be updated to include these new data as soon as possible.

Reports

Data

Datasets and interactive tools

Contact

Martin Parry

Tel: 0300 025 0373

Media

Tel: 0300 025 8099