Nottingham Insight

Key facts about Nottingham

Below are some of the headline figures for Nottingham. We have also produced an infographic providing an overview of Nottingham City. 


Nottingham has an estimated population of 323,700 people (Census 2021).

In Nottingham 20.7 % (69,100) of the population are aged 0-17 years old, 69.6% (231,600) are working age, 16-65 years old, and 11.6% (38,800) are over 65 years old. (Mid-Year Estimates 2019)

There are 43,300 university students within Nottingham. 

Life expectancy and health

Life expectancy at birth for females is 82 years.

Life expectancy at birth for males is 77 years.

For more information about life expectancy please see the JSNA life expectancy chapter.


Please see Nottingham's JSNA for more information about health and well-being in the city. The aim of a JSNA is to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and reduce inequalities for all ages. Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) are local assessments of current and future health and social care needs that could be met by the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB). 


In 2018, there were 10,580 active VAT and/or PAYE registered enterprises in Nottingham, an increase of 11.5% (1,095 enterprises) since 2015.

The business birth rate (starts per 100 active enterprises) in Nottingham was 14.9% (1,575 enterprise births) in 2018 which was higher than the England average (13.1%).

The business exit rate of 12.3% (deaths per 100 active enterprises) for Nottingham was higher than the England average (11.5%) in 2018.



Nottingham is the 11th most deprived district in the country out of 317 districts in England using the Average Score measure. (Indices of Deprivation 2019 - ONS)

56 of the 182 City LSOAs fall amongst the 10% most deprived in the country. 104 fall in the 20% most deprived.

The lowest ranking LSOA in the City is in Bulwell, which ranks 130th nationally out of 32,844, but, unlike in 2015, no City LSOA ranks in the most deprived 100 LSOAs in the country.

8 LSOAs in the City rank in the 20% least deprived in the country.


Nottingham's employment rate is 64.6% (Apr 2019 - May 2020 - NOMIS). This is the number of people that are employed as a percentage of all those that are working age, i.e. 16-64 years old.

17.5% of people are claiming one or more DWP benefits with 6.7% claiming out of work benefits (November 2019 – DWP Stat xplore). Out-of-work benefits includes people who in the Universal Credit categories of ‘searching for work’. ‘planning for work’ and ‘preparing for work’ and the equivalent parts of the legacy benefits system

Education and skills

OFSTED: (February 2020)

  • For outstanding/good inspections, Nottingham is ranked 100 for providers (84%) and 119 for places/learners (80%).

Absence: (2018/2019)


  • The overall pupil absence in Nottingham Secondary schools is 5.4%.
  • The national average is 5.5%.
  • The percentage of persistent absentees in Nottingham Secondary schools is 14.0% compared to 13.7% nationally.

Number of domestic properties

There are 126,100 properties in Nottingham.

65% are in Council Tax Band A (Valuation Office Agency, July 2016) compared to 25% of properties nationally.