Research and analysis

Future of cities: people in cities - the numbers

Report examining how city population numbers have changed since the 1980s and the likely trends over the next 50 years.



This paper analyses the trends in the size of cities and their age structures at the national, regional and city level. It examines how useful past trends are for predicting the future of cities to 2040 and 2064, and how well such predictions could cope with uncertainties and unknowns.

This working paper was commissioned as part of the Foresight future of cities project.

Published 26 June 2014
Last updated 3 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added addendum with latest figures.
  2. First published.