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 331,100 people (Office for National Statistics 2018 mid-year estimates).

In Nottingham 20.7 % (61,650) of the population are aged 0-17 years old, 67.7% (224,200) are working age, 16-65 years old, and 11.5% (38,200) are over 65 years old.

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 2015, there were 9,485 active VAT and/or PAYE registered enterprises in Nottingham, an increase of 15.5% (1,270 enterprises) since 2010.

 The business birth rate (starts per 100 active enterprises) in Nottingham was 14.8% (1,400 enterprise births) in 2015 which was equivalent to the England average (14.7%).

The business exit rate of 11.3% (deaths per 100 active enterprises) for Nottingham was higher than the England average (9.5%) in 2015.


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 63.4% (Oct 2015-Sept 2016 - 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.

12.7% of people are claiming out of work benefits (May 2016 – NOMIS adjusted by NCC to include out of work Universal Credit claimants). Main out-of-work benefits includes the groups: job seekers, employment & support allowance and incapacity benefits, lone parents and others on income related benefits and Universal Credit claimants not in employment.

Education and skills

OFSTED: (March 2018)

  • 86% of schools in Nottingham have either an outstanding or good OFSTED rating. The national average is 89%.
  • 85% of pupils in Nottingham schools are studying in schools that are rated outstanding or good. The national average is 87%.

Absence: (2016/2017)


  • The overall pupil absence in Nottingham schools is 5.0%.
  • The national average is 4.7%.
  • Nottingham continues to close the gap with the national average. In 2009/2010 the gap was 1.2%. It is now 0.3%.
  • Nottingham is currently ranked joint 124 out of 152 Local Authorities.

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.