The Census provides a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics once a decade. The last Census was conducted in 2011.

Key Facts

The 2011 Census found:

  • The population in Milton Keynes in 2011 was 248,800 and has a younger age profile than England as a whole.
  • 26.1% of the Milton Keynes population are from a black and minority ethnic group. This compares to 13.2% in 2001 and 20.2% for England as a whole.
  • The number of Milton Keynes residents born outside of the UK more than doubled from 20,500 (9.9%) of the population in 2001 to 46,100 (18.5%) in 2011.
  • 15,800 residents say their day to day activities are limited a lot because of health issues. This is 6.4% of the population compared with 8.3% for England.
  • Milton Keynes is home to a large number of families. In 2011 35% of households in Milton Keynes had dependent children compared to 29.1% in England.
  • A growing proportion of dwellings in Milton Keynes are flats. In 2001 just 11.9% of dwellings in Milton Keynes were flats, by 2011 this had increased to 16.2% in 2011. However this is still below the proportion for England as a whole (22.1%).
  • There has been a growth in the proportion of households living in private rented accommodation in Milton Keynes. It grew from 9.2% in 2001 to 18.2% in 2011.
  • Levels of qualifications in Milton Keynes have increased considerably since 2001. In 2001 just 18.9% of residents aged 16+ had a degree or higher qualification in 2011 this had increased to 28.2%.
  • A higher proportion (68%) of Milton Keynes residents aged 16-74 are in employment compared with England (62.1%). However the proportion of people in employment declined slightly from 69.8% in 2001.

More information on the 2011 Census and past Censuses can be viewed via the Council's MKi Observatory website.

Last Updated: 12 February 2020