Indians in The United Kingdom

Total UK population

  • Asians make up just over 3.5% of the total UK population - about 2,084,000 out of nearly 58,800,000.

  • Of these nearly 1.8% are Indian - 1,054,000

  • 1.25% are Pakistani - 747,000

  • And just under 0.5% are Bangladeshi - 283,000

  • Or the ratio of Indians : Pakistanis : Bangladeshis = 10 : 7 : 3


indian population in uk

  • The largest single ethnic minority group in Britain - making up almost one quarter of the total ethnic minority population.

  • London has the largest concentration of Indians (437,000), followed by the West Midlands (179,000), the East Midlands (122,000), the South-East (89,000), and the North-West (72,000).

  • There are over four times as many Indians as Pakistanis in the East Midlands (122,000 compared with 28,000).

  • The English regions with the smallest Indian communities are the North-East (10,000) and the South-West (16,000).

  • Under 3% live outside England - less than 25,000 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

Population Size 7.9% from a minority ethnic group

The size of the minority ethnic population was 4.6 million in 2001 or 7.9 per cent of the total population of the United Kingdom.

Indians were the largest minority group, followed by Pakistanis, those of Mixed ethnic backgrounds, Black Caribbeans, Black Africans and Bangladeshis. The remaining minority ethnic groups each accounted for less than 0.5 per cent but together accounted for a further 1.4 per cent of the UK population.

Ethnic group data were not collected on the Northern Ireland Census in 1991. However, in Great Britain the minority ethnic population grew by 53 per cent between 1991 and 2001, from 3.0 million in 1991 to 4.6 million in 2001.

Half of the total minority ethnic population were Asians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or other Asian origin. A quarter of minority ethnic people described themselves as Black, that is Black Caribbean, Black African or Other Black. Fifteen per cent of the minority ethnic population described their ethnic group as Mixed. About a third of this group were from White and Black Caribbean backgrounds.

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