Key fact

The overall Stockport population is projected to grow by around 5% in the next ten years. The older population is rising even more quickly, those aged 75-84 and 85 and over are expected to rise by 29% and 35% respectively.

2015 current population: 288,733


61,900 under 18s


170,400 people ages between 18 and 64


56,500 people aged 65 and over

Projected Stockport Population Change 2015-25

Key information

  • In 2015 the population of Stockport is estimated to be 288,700.
  • There are 61,900 under 18s (21%), 170,400 18 to 64 year olds (59%) and 56,500 over 65s (20%).
  • The population is expected to grow by 14,700 people (5.1%) by 2025, with over two thirds of the increase coming from those aged 65 and over.
  • The population is increasing due to more births than deaths (500 more in 2015), increasing life expectancy and major new housing developments.

Key issues for commissioners

  • Significantly higher growth in old age populations presents challenges in providing appropriate services to users.
  • Birth rates are growing fastest in areas of deprivation where there are more children at risk of poorer health and quality of life outcomes.
  • More people are living in one person or lone parent households giving rise to increased risks of social isolation and vulnerability.
  • The population is getting more ethnically diverse, particularly in the younger populations to the west of the borough.
  • The population structure and characteristics vary greatly by area within Stockport emphasising the need for targeted local planning.