Gateshead has a population of around 202,400 people. (See also detailed age breakdown tables and change over time charts) Gateshead's population is projected to increase by 8,300 (4.1%) between 2016 and 2041 to 211,000.
The population is ageing: it is projected that by 2041 there will be an additional 12,100 people aged 65 or older, an increase of 31%. There will also be a slight decrease in the number of children and young people aged 0-15 of around 1,100 or 3.2%. (See also detailed population projections tables)
Although the working age population is set to grow by 3,355 or 2.7% by 2041, this is due to the increase in retirement age. Without this, the working age population would be projected to decline by 2.1%. Currently those aged over 60 are far less likely to be economically active (e.g. only 41% of those aged 60-64 are economically active compared to 80% of those aged under 60). It is not clear whether these rates will change significantly in future.
All Gateshead wards increased in population size between 2001 and 2011. Bridges ward has seen the largest increase in population of more than 1,700 people. There have also been significantly large increases in Dunston and Teams (+1,271) and Lobley Hill and Bensham (+1,058). Many of the wards have seen increases in people aged 65+ since 2001. Most notably Whickham South and Sunniside has 429 more than in 2001, and there have been large increases in Crawcrook and Greenside and Chowdene. Conversely, Bridges has 335 fewer people aged 65+ than in 2001. (See also census ward factsheets and briefing and current ward population estimates).
It is estimated that in 2016 there are 90,688 households in Gateshead and that in just over 20 years there will be an additional 9,307 households bringing the total to 99,995 by 2039.
 ONS Mid Year Population Estimates, 2017 (ONS website)
 ONS 2016 based sub-national population projections, 2016 (ONS website)
 ONS Census, 2011 (ONS website)
 DCLG Household Projections, 2014 (GOV.uk website)