Population data looks at the number of people living in an area.  Data on population, population change and particularly growth are important for planning services.

Data comes from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is based on the number of people counted as part of the 2011 Census.

Every year, the ONS produces as estimate of the number of people living in the area, their age, and their gender. These are national projections based on factors such as births, deaths, and migration into and out of an area.

Facts, figures and trends

The most recent estimate available for Bracknell Forest is the mid-2015 estimate (accessed 18 April 2017).

Population mid-year estimate




England and Wales




Bracknell Forest




Expressed as percentage change, Bracknell Forest is growing faster than the England and South East estimates:

The population ‘pyramid’ below shows the percentage of the total population in Bracknell Forest by ages and gender compared to the population of England and Wales as a whole:

Source: Office for National Statistics

As a share of the total population, there are slightly more young children aged 0 to 4 living in Bracknell Forest than the national average. A lower share of people in the 20-24 age category live in Bracknell compared to the national average. There is also a higher share of people of working age and a lower share of older people aged 65 and over.

Projected age profile

The ONS produces estimates of the number of people who are expected to be living in an area in the future including what age and what gender these people will be.

By 2021, the population in Bracknell Forest is estimated to increase by almost 12,000 people from the mid-2012 estimate. The older population is expected to increase at the greatest rate followed by the younger adult population and the child population aged 5 to 14.  This will have an impact on the type and scale of future services.

The figures do not take into account local factors such as new housing development or the Bracknell Town centre regeneration which it is expected will draw more people into the area.

What is clear is that population has changed since 2004:

The chart below shows the 65+ population will see the greatest projected increase to 2037:

Ward level population

The graph below shows mid-2014 population estimates at ward level in Bracknell Forest. This shows which areas have the most people living in them. 

The following chart compares mid-2004 population estimates to mid-2017 estimates to give an indication of change in ward population:

Broken down by age, the following comparison between the 2004 and 2014 populations highlight the changing characteristics of Bracknell Forest wards for populations aged 0-19 and 65+.  Local change reflects the predicted growth in these two groups predicted by the ONS.  These changes will influence what and how services are commissioned and provided in the future:

Recommendations and considerations

Commissioners and providers of support and services will need to consider the changing demographics of the borough.


This page was created in February 2014 and last updated on 24 May 2016.

Cite this page:

Bracknell Forest Council. (2016). JSNA – Population. Available at: jsna.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/bracknell-forest-profile/demography/population (Accessed: dd Mmmm yyyy.)


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