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A map of the territory of the Greater Manchester Urban Area, highlighted in red, against the boundaries of the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Urban Area is an area of land defined by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) consisting of the large conurbation that encompasses the city of Manchester and the continuous metropolitan area that spreads outwards from it, forming much of Greater Manchester in North West England. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, the Greater Manchester Urban Area has a population of 2,240,230,[1] making it the United Kingdom's third most populous conurbation after the Greater London and the West Midlands urban areas.

The Greater Manchester Urban Area is not conterminous with Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county of the same name, for it excludes settlements such as Wigan and Marple from Greater Manchester, but includes hinterland settlements which lie outside of its statutory boundaries, such as Wilmslow in Cheshire, and Whitworth in Lancashire.

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Constituent parts

An aerial photograph looking west, centred on Manchester and Salford

The largest settlements (in descending order of population) within the Greater Manchester Urban Area are Manchester, Bolton, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, and Bury. These settlements are not coterminous with the Metropolitan Boroughs of the same name, and the ONS takes its settlement boundaries from the contiguous urban core of pre-Local Government Act 1972 local government districts. This means that the GMUA bears a much closer resemblance to the earlier "SELNEC" area than to the Greater Manchester Metropolitan County.

Wigan is separate from the Greater Manchester Urban Area, although other parts of the wider Metropolitan Borough of Wigan are included. Wigan, with Ince-in-Makerfield forms a separate Wigan Urban Area; the gap is formed between Ince (of Wigan Urban Area) and Hindley (Greater Manchester Urban Area).

Other urban areas, including Glossop, New Mills and the rest of High Peak are narrowly avoided as is Golborne and much of the parish of Saddleworth.

Settlements

According to the ONS definitions the Greater Manchester Urban Area consists of the following settlements:

Rank (2001) Urban subdivision 2001[2] 1991[3] 1981[4] Extent
1 Manchester 394,269 402,889 448,604 [5]
2 Bolton 139,403 139,020 143,921 [6]
3 Stockport 136,082 132,813 136,792 [7]
4 Oldham 103,544 103,931 107,830 [8]
5 Rochdale 95,796 94,313 97,942 [9]
6 Salford 72,750 79,755 98,343 [10]
7 Bury 60,718 62,633 62,181
8 Cheadle and Gatley 57,507 58,457 59,828
9 Sale 55,234 56,052 57,933
10 Middleton 45,314 45,621 51,437
11 Ashton-under-Lyne 43,236 43,906 44,196
12 Leigh 43,006 43,150 42,929
13 Stretford 42,103 43,953 47,771
14 Swinton and Pendlebury 41,347 43,155 44,508
15 Urmston 40,964 41,804 44,030
16 Altrincham 40,695 40,042 39,693
17 Hazel Grove and Bramhall 38,724 39,730 40,680
18 Eccles 36,610 36,000 37,792
19 Walkden 36,218 38,685 39,466
20 Radcliffe 34,239 32,567 27,642
21 Wilmslow/Alderley Edge 34,087
22 Tyldesley 34,022 30,606 27,903
23 Chadderton 33,001 34,026 33,518
24 Prestwich 31,693 31,801 32,035
25 Hyde 31,253 30,666 30,551
26 Bredbury and Romiley 28,167 28,205 28,558
27 Heywood 28,024 29,286 29,686
28 Denton 26,866 37,785 37,724
29 Farnworth 25,264 25,053 26,148
30 Hindley 23,457 22,581 21,493
31 Whitefield 23,284 22,783 27,650
32 Droylsden 23,172 22,666 22,624
33 Bromley Cross/Bradshaw 22,747 22,017 21,728
34 Stalybridge 22,568 22,921 23,668
35 Royton 22,238 21,475 21,098
36 Atherton 20,302 21,696 22,032
37 Failsworth 20,007 20,160 20,951
38 Shaw and Crompton 19,335 19,348 19,258
39 Irlam 19,018 18,504
40 Dukinfield 18,885 17,917 17,501
41 Horwich 18,289 18,017 16,769
42 Ramsbottom 17,352 17,318 16,334
43 Hale 15,316 15,868 16,308
44 Poynton 14,038 14,768 15,078
45 Littleborough 13,807 13,638 13,787
46 Audenshaw 12,790 13,173 10,771
47 Milnrow 12,776 12,541 11,631
48 Little Lever 11,082 11,589 12,062
49 Kearsley 9,906 9,287 9,666
50 Longdendale 8,680 10,890 12,901
51 Partington 7,723 9,109
52 Tottington 7,545 7,673 6,745
53 Wardle 7,092 6,622 2,149
54 Brinnington 6,759
55 Bowdon 6,079 5,141 4,894
56 Whitworth 5,672 5,679 5,682
Wilmslow 28,604 28,933
Mossley 10,569 8,865
Alderley Edge 5,280 5,009
Buckton Vale 3,592 3,457

Notes:

  • Wilmslow and Alderley Edge have combined data in 2001 census, but are separate within 1981 and 1991 data
  • Brinnington is not recognised as a settlement in 1981 and 1991 censuses
  • Buckton Vale and Mossley were recognised as settlements within the Greater Manchester Urban Area in 1991 census, but were considered to be outside the Greater Manchester Urban Area in 2001. In the 2001 Census, they are considered to be part of a separate Mossley/Buckton Vale urban area, which had a population of 13,344, made up of sub-divisions of Mossley (9,713) and Buckton Vale (3,631)
  • Irlam is not considered to be part of the Greater Manchester Urban Area in 1981

See also

References

  1. ^ Key Statistics for urban areas in England and Wales, 2001 Census. URL accessed February 21, 2007.
  2. ^ "KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas". National Statistics. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=8271&Pos=2&ColRank=1&Rank=224. Retrieved 2008-12-07.  
  3. ^ "Greater Manchester Urban Area 1991 Census". National Statistics. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/greater_manchester_urban_area.asp. Retrieved 2008-12-07.  
  4. ^ 1981 Key Statistics for Urban Areas: The North Table 1, Office for National Statistics, 1981  
  5. ^ Manchester Urban Subdivision, Nomis, https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/keystats/sqmap.aspx?kv=1371537504&type=-1&title=D90235+%3a+Greater+Manchester+Urban+Area+-+Manchester+(urban+area+subdivisions), retrieved 2009-03-24  
  6. ^ Bolton Urban Subdivision, Nomis, https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/keystats/sqmap.aspx?kv=1371537478&type=-1&title=D90206+:+Greater+Manchester+Urban+Area+-+Bolton+(urban+area+subdivisions), retrieved 2009-03-24  
  7. ^ Stockport Urban Subdivision, Nomis, https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/keystats/sqmap.aspx?kv=1371537519&type=-1&title=D90247+:+Greater+Manchester+Urban+Area+-+Stockport+(urban+area+subdivisions), retrieved 2009-03-24  
  8. ^ Oldham Urban Subdivision, Nomis, https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/keystats/sqmap.aspx?kv=1371537507&type=-1&title=D90221+:+Greater+Manchester+Urban+Area+-+Oldham+(urban+area+subdivisions), retrieved 2009-03-24  
  9. ^ Rochdale Urban Subdivision, Nomis, https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/keystats/sqmap.aspx?kv=1371537513&type=-1&title=D90211+%3a+Greater+Manchester+Urban+Area+-+Rochdale+(urban+area+subdivisions), retrieved 2009-03-24  
  10. ^ Salford Urban Subdivision, Nomis, https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/keystats/sqmap.aspx?kv=1371537516&type=-1&title=D90234+:+Greater+Manchester+Urban+Area+-+Salford+(urban+area+subdivisions), retrieved 2009-03-24  

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Coordinates: 53°30′N 2°18′W / 53.5°N 2.3°W / 53.5; -2.3

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