Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) profile of the borough

Rochdale borough population

There are 224,087 people who live in Rochdale borough - Office for National Statistics 2021 mid-year population estimates.

The number of people and the age of people living in the borough influences what healthcare services we need and how often they’re accessed.

Why the borough population impacts our health

Although healthcare services will be used by people of all ages, there are certain age groups that usually use and access healthcare more, such as:

  • Babies and toddlers
  • Women aged 20-40
  • Adults over 65

The combination of longer life expectancy and the ageing of the baby boom generation means the population of over 65s is growing faster than the population of under 65s. 

Statistics on the borough population

  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) - population and migration estimates - each June the Office for National Statistics releases annual population estimates grouped by age and sex for local authority areas, with statistics for smaller areas following a few months later. This dataset includes births, deaths and migration estimates. It also produces population projections every 2 years which make predictions for the next 25 years.
  • Office for National Statistics - 2021 Census statistics - ONS population estimates and projections can also be downloaded using the Nomis data query function. This site can also be used to create basic demographic profiles of the borough or wards based on 2021 census data.