Nottinghamshire Insight

Key facts about Nottinghamshire


Nottinghamshire has an estimated population of 824,800 people (Census 2021).

In Nottinghamshire 20% (168,500) of the population are children (0-17 years old), 59% (489,800) are working age, 18-64 years old, and 21% (175,100) are over 65 years old.

The population of Nottinghamshire is slightly older than the national average, with 21% aged 65+ in 2020 compared with 18% in England. The median age of the population in Nottinghamshire in 2019 was 43.8 years compared to 40 years in England.

The total population of Nottinghamshire is expected to increase by some 67,000 persons to 895,000 from 2019 to 2031, an 8% increase. Between 2019 and 2041 the population is expected to increase by some 108,400 persons to 936,600 persons, an increase of 13%. The increase in population is due to an increase in net migration of people from both other areas of the UK and abroad, and an increase in life expectancy.

Life expectancy and health

Life expectancy at birth for females is 82.6 years (2018-2020 data). Number of years healthy life expectancy at birth for males is 62.4 years (2018-2020 data).

Life expectancy at birth for males is 79.5 years (2018-2020 data). Number of years healthy life expectancy at birth for females is 60.0 years (2018-2020 data).

For more information about life expectancy please see The People of Nottinghamshire chapter.

Please see Nottinghamshire's JSNA for more information about health and well-being in the county. 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, Primary Care Networks (PCNs), or the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB). 


According to the 2019 Indices of Deprivation, Nottinghamshire is ranked 9th most deprived out of 26 Shire Counties in England, and 101 most deprived out of 151 Upper Tier Local Authorities in England. Deprivation levels vary across Nottinghamshire, and Mansfield District and Ashfield Districts are the 56th and 63rd respectively most deprived Local Authority Districts (LAD) out of 317 lower tier Local Authorities in England. On the other hand, Rushcliffe District is ranked 314 least deprived out of 317 lower tier Local Authorities in England.

Please see the Indices of Deprivation pages for more detailed information.


Nottinghamshire's employment rate is 74.5% (323,600) (April 2020-March 2021 – Annual Population Survey via 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.

Please visit the Employment bulletins produced monthly by Nottinghamshire County Council to find out more or the Employment and Skills Dashboard produced by Nottingham City. 

Education and skills

Final KS4 data for 2019 shows 45.4% of pupils achieved a strong pass (grades 9-5) in both GCSE English and mathematics which represents a slight fall of 0.2 percentage points from 2018. Nationally over the same period 43.4% of state funded schools achieved this measure which is a 0.1 percentage point fall.

Nottinghamshire is placed 54th against all local authorities nationally (a slight fall from 52nd in 2018).

At the standard pass (grades 9-4) final data shows 67.6% of Nottinghamshire pupils achieved grades 9-4 in both English and mathematics, an increase of 1.0 percentage points on 2018. Nationally there was a slight increase of 0.5 percentage points to 64.9%.

Comparisons with all authorities nationally place Nottinghamshire 47th (53rd in 2018). 67.6% of pupils attending Nottinghamshire schools achieved GCSE English and Mathematics grades 9-4 compared to 65.0% nationally. (Academic year 2018/19)

Number of domestic properties

There are 360,290 domestic properties in Nottinghamshire.

60% of houses in Nottinghamshire are in Council Tax bands A and B (Valuation Office Agency, Council Tax Stock of Properties, 2019). _