The population of the province today exceeds one million inhabitants, or nearly one third of the Walloon region and one tenth of the country.
Since the end of the 1980s, it has registered slight growth, albeit not homogeneous for the entire territory of the province.
POPULATION Province of Liège Wallonia
  1/01/96 1/01/97 1/01/98 1/01/96 1/01/97 1/01/98
Total 1013729 1014941 1016762 3314568 3321078 3326707
Men 490879 491576 492655 1606519 1609747 1612351
Women 522850 523365 524107 1708049 1711331 1714356
Belgians 895048 898784 n. d. 2970144 2981224 n. d.
Foreign nationals 118681 115957   344424 339576  
(%) 11.7 11.4 0.0 10.4 10.2 0.0
Population density
(km2)
    263     198
(Source : INS)

Although the 14-64 age bracket is still clearly in the majority, the relative proportion of those aged over 65 is increasing everywhere, reflecting a general trend in the ageing of the population.
STRUCTURE ACC. TO AGE
Liège Wallonia
  1/01/97 1/01/97
Up to 24 310755 1043222
25 – 64 532767 1729335
65 and over 171419 548248
Total 1014941 3320805
(Source : INS)

The foreign population currently represents 11.4% of the overall population of the province and 12.7% of the total foreign population in Belgium. It is essentially concentrated in the districts of Liège and Verviers, and is actually on the increase in the latter.
The foreign population has registered a sustained drop in the province, especially as more and more foreign nationals are opting for naturalisation. In 1981, it still had more than 140,000 people.

Of the different nationalities, the Italians are the most numerous (45.6%), followed by the Germans (10.7%), Moroccans (7.5%) and Spaniards (7.3%).

POPULATION TRENDS Province of Liège Wallonia
  1/01/95 1/01/96 1/01/97 1/01/95 1/01/96 1/01/97
Births 11519 11323 11598 37905 37588 38497
Deaths 11147 11275 11343 3639 36942 36919
Natural growth 372 48 255 1546 646 1578
Internal migration 2945 2886 2047 11231 8952 6817
Total growth 3317 2934 2302 12777 9598 8395
CHANGE (0/00)            
Birth rate 11.4 11.2 11.4 11.4 11.3 11.6
Death rate 11.0 11.2 11.2 11.0 11.1 11.1
Natural growth 0.4 0.0 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.5
Internal migration 2.9 2.8 2.0 3.4 2.7 2.0
Total growth 3.3 2.9 2.3 3.9 2.9 2.5
(Source : INS)
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