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Local population diversity

Middlesbrough's current population is estimated to be 138,900.


11.8% of the population is estimated to be from the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community compared to the regional average of 8.2%.

Religion and belief

The 2011 Census found that 63.2% of the local population who answered the question classed themselves as Christian (this figure was 76% in the 2001 Census), 7% of people classed themselves as Muslim and 22.3% said they had no religion.

Sex and gender

50.9% of the local population is female.

Nationally there is no firm statistical data on the percentage of the population that would view itself as transgender. In 2009, GIRES estimated the number of transgender people in the UK to be between 300,000 - 500,000. There is no data available for the north east.


Middlesbrough's population is younger than both the regional average with 19% of the population under the age of 15 compared to 16.5% regionally.

Sexual orientation

In 2011 the Household Survey collected data on sexual orientation, and results indicated that 1.6% of the north east's population identified as being gay, lesbian or bisexual, compared to 1.7% nationally.

(Sources: Department for Work and Pensions - May 2013; 2011 Census; Integrated Household Survey 2011).