List of towns and cities in England by population: Wikis


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This is a list of the largest cities and towns of England ordered by population. The populations are figures from the United Kingdom Census 2001 provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), using the Key Statistics for Urban Areas figures, that attempt to divorce the populations of towns and cities from the Local Authority district(s) that they are contained within[1]. These have been sorted with populations greater than 100,000.

These figures are not the population of local government areas such as city or borough council areas, for these see List of English districts by population. In some examples where the Local Authority has very limited boundaries, the population of some outside suburbs has been included by the ONS; in other cases, where the Local Authority has very generously-drawn boundaries, the population of rural areas within the boundary has been excluded. In some cases, suburbs of towns that are within the local authority boundary, but have been recognised by ONS as separate settlements within the larger urban area, have been excluded from the figure (e.g. Beaumont Leys not counted towards Leicester, and Clifton not counted towards Nottingham). In many areas rather than follow modern local authority boundaries, the figures follow pre-1974 local government boundaries[2] (for example, Oldbury/Smethwick are counted as a single unit, corresponding to the pre-1974 County Borough of Warley).

These figures, on the other hand, should also not be confused with the population of conurbations. The original ONS statistics were calculated and presented in that format; but in this list urban areas and urban sub-divisions recognised as towns with a population greater than 100,000 have been extracted and listed separately.

This system has not, however, been followed with respect to London. The population given is for the administrative area of Greater London (that is the 32 London Boroughs and London only and not the entire Greater London Urban Area identified by the ONS) as this would include places like Watford and Woking which are distinct and separate towns.

This internal inconsistency in its tabulation explains why the list shows such a steep drop-off after London. The actual City of London only has a 2001 census population of 7,185, whilst the administrative area of Greater London has a population of 7,172,091.

Also, the new towns Telford and Milton Keynes are given the Urban Area figures, as there are no appropriate Urban Subdivision figures given.

Rank Urban sub-area Population Status Ceremonial county Notes
1 London 7,172,091 Government Office Region Greater London, City of London Greater London administrative area only
2 Birmingham 970,892 City West Midlands Metropolitan district, minus Sutton Coldfield, which is counted separately, plus areas in the north of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull (Castle Bromwich etc). Population of entire West Midlands conurbation is 2,284,093.
3 Liverpool 469,017 City Merseyside Metropolitan district.
4 Leeds 443,247 City West Yorkshire Excludes the areas of Bramhope, Guiseley, Yeadon, Garforth, Wetherby, Otley, Morley, Rawdon and Scarcroft. Entire West Yorkshire Urban Area has a population of 1,499,000.
5 Sheffield 439,866 City South Yorkshire Excludes the areas of Beighton, Chapeltown and Mosborough/Highlane. Entire Urban area is 640,720 (including Rotherham)
6 Bristol 420,556 City Bristol
7 Manchester 394,269 City Greater Manchester Metropolitan district, minus Ringway. Population of entire Greater Manchester Urban Area is 2,240,230.
8 Leicester 330,574 City Leicestershire District minus Beaumont Leys, plus Scraptoft, Glenfield, Thurmaston, Thurnby. Excludes Oadby and Wigston.
9 Coventry 303,475 City West Midlands
10 Kingston upon Hull 301,416 City East Riding of Yorkshire District plus suburbs outside local authority border (Haltemprice)
11 Bradford 293,717 City West Yorkshire Excludes Shipley and Bingley.
12 Stoke-on-Trent 259,252 City Staffordshire Includes suburbs outside local authority border: Brown Edge and Blythe Bridge
13 Wolverhampton 251,462 City West Midlands Inclused suburbs outside local authority border including Perton and Lower Penn.
14 Nottingham 249,584 City Nottinghamshire Excludes Clifton
15 Plymouth 243,795 City Devon
16 Southampton 234,224 City Hampshire
17 Reading 232,662 Town Berkshire Includes suburbs in West Berkshire and Wokingham districts.
18 Derby 229,407 City Derbyshire
19 Dudley 194,919 Town West Midlands
20 Newcastle upon Tyne 189,863 City Tyne and Wear Excludes Gosforth and Newburn
21 Northampton 189,474 Town Northamptonshire
22 Portsmouth 187,056 City Hampshire
23 Luton 185,543 Town Bedfordshire
24 Preston 184,836 City Lancashire Includes part of South Ribble district including Walton-le-Dale.
25 Milton Keynes 184,506 † Town Buckinghamshire Includes Newport Pagnell, outside the designated new town area
26 Sunderland 177,739 City Tyne and Wear Sunderland proper only, not the City of Sunderland. Includes Ryhope, excludes Washington, Houghton-le-Spring and Hetton-le-Hole
27 Norwich 174,047 City Norfolk Includes Thorpe St. Andrew
28 Walsall 170,994 Town West Midlands
29 Bournemouth 167,527 Town Dorset
30 Southend-on-Sea 160,257 Town Essex
31 Swindon 155,432 Town Wiltshire
32 Huddersfield 146,234 Town West Yorkshire
33 Poole 144,800 Town Dorset
34 Oxford 143,016 City Oxfordshire
35 Middlesbrough 142,691 Town North Yorkshire
36 Blackpool 142,283 Town Lancashire
37 Bolton 139,403 Town Greater Manchester
38 Ipswich 138,718 Town Suffolk
39 Telford 138,241 † Town Shropshire
40 York 137,505 City North Yorkshire
41 West Bromwich 136,940 Town West Midlands
42 Peterborough 136,292 City Cambridgeshire
43 Stockport 136,082 Town Greater Manchester
44 Brighton 134,293 Town East Sussex Excludes Rottingdean/Saltdean; Is the town of Brighton, not the conjoined local authority of Brighton and Hove
45 Slough 126,276 Town Berkshire
46 Gloucester 123,205 City Gloucestershire
47 Watford 120,960 Town Hertfordshire Urban subdivision of Greater London Urban Area; includes large parts of Three Rivers
48 Rotherham 117,262 Town South Yorkshire
49 Cambridge 113,442 †† City Cambridgeshire
50 Exeter 106,772 City Devon
51 Eastbourne 106,562 Town East Sussex
52 Sutton Coldfield 105,452 Town West Midlands
53 Blackburn 105,085 Town Lancashire
54 Colchester 104,390 Town Essex
55 Oldham 103,544 Town Greater Manchester
56 St Helens 102,629 Town Merseyside
57 Crawley 100,547 Town West Sussex
† – population is given for entire urban area, as the urban subdivision figure was not considered appropriate.
†† – the actual name of the Urban Subdivision is Cambridge/Milton, the population of the Parish of Milton (code 12UG072 in the ONS 2001 Census publication "Key Statistics for parishes in England and communities in Wales" published 16 March 2004) is given as 4,275. This figure has been deducted from the Urban Subdivision figure of 117,717 to show the population of Cambridge alone.

See also


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics
  2. ^ ONS glossary : urban area


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