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List of towns and cities in England by population

List of towns and cities in England by population
This is a list of the largest cities and towns of England ordered by population. The populations are 2001 census figures from 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. Thus, for instance, the Greater Manchester Urban Area has a far larger population than that accredited to Manchester here; this list counts towns such as Salford, Sale and Stockport 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. Notes † – 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
• List of English districts by population • List of English counties by population • List of Ceremonial counties of England by Population • List of towns and cities in England by historical population • List of English districts by area • List of English districts by ethnic diversity


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Rank Urban subarea 1 2 London Birmingham

List of towns and cities in England by population
Notes Greater London administrative area only 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 (2005 estimate) Metropolitan district. Excludes the areas of Bramhope, Guiseley, Yeadon, Garforth, Wetherby, Otley, Morley, Rawdon and Scarcroft. In 2001 the entire local authority population was 715,404. The population of the entire West Yorkshire Urban Area is 1,499,465. Excludes the areas of Beighton, Chapeltown and Mosborough/Highlane. Entire Urban area is 640,720 (including Rotherham) Population of entire Greater Manchester Urban Area is 2,244,931 (2005 estimate) District minus Beaumont Leys, plus Scraptoft, Glenfield, Thurmaston, Thurnby. Excludes Oadby and Wigston District plus suburbs outside local authority border (Haltemprice) Excludes areas of North Bradford, including Shipley and Bingley. Includes suburbs outside local authority border: Brown Edge and Blythe Bridge Excludes Clifton

Population Status Ceremonial county 7,172,091 970,892 City City Greater London, City of London West Midlands

3 4

Liverpool Leeds

469,017 443,247

City City

Merseyside West Yorkshire





South Yorkshire

6 7

Bristol Manchester

420,556 394,269

City City

Bristol Greater Manchester Leicestershire





9 10

Coventry Kingston upon Hull Bradford

303,475 301,416

City City

West Midlands East Riding of Yorkshire West Yorkshire





Stoke-on-Trent 259,252



13 14 15

Wolverhampton 251,462 Nottingham Plymouth 249,584 243,795

City City City

West Midlands Nottinghamshire Devon


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16 17 Southampton Reading 234,224 232,662 City Town

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Hampshire Berkshire Includes suburbs in West Berkshire and Wokingham districts

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Derby Dudley Newcastle upon Tyne Northampton Portsmouth Luton Preston

229,407 194,919 189,863 189,474 187,056 185,543 184,836

City Town City Town City Town City

Derbyshire West Midlands Tyne and Wear Northamptonshire Hampshire Bedfordshire Lancashire Includes part of South Ribble district including Walton-leDale Excludes Gosforth and Newburn


Milton Keynes

184,506 †


Buckinghamshire Includes Newport Pagnell, outside the designated new town area Tyne and Wear Excludes Washington, Houghton-le-Spring and Hetton-le-Hole Includes Thorpe St. Andrew





27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44

Norwich Walsall Bournemouth Southend-onSea Swindon Huddersfield Poole Oxford Blackpool Bolton Ipswich Telford York Peterborough Stockport Brighton

174,047 170,994 167,527 160,257 155,432 146,234 144,800 143,016 142,283 139,403 138,718 138,241 † 137,505 136,292 136,082 134,293

City Town Town Town Town Town Town City Town Town Town Town Town City Town City Town Town

Norfolk West Midlands Dorset Essex Wiltshire West Yorkshire Dorset Oxfordshire North Yorkshire Lancashire Greater Manchester Suffolk Shropshire North Yorkshire West Midlands Cambridgeshire Greater Manchester East Sussex

Middlesbrough 142,691

West Bromwich 136,940

Excludes Rottingdean/Saltdean; Is the town of Brighton, not the conjoined local authority of Brighton and Hove


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45 46 47 Slough Gloucester Watford 126,276 123,205 120,960 Town City Town

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Berkshire Gloucestershire Hertfordshire Urban sub-area of Greater London; includes large parts of Three Rivers

48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57

Rotherham Cambridge Exeter Eastbourne Sutton Coldfield Blackburn Colchester Oldham St Helens Crawley

117,262 113,442 †† 106,772 106,562 105,452 105,085 104,390 103,544 102,629 100,547

Town City City Town Town Town Town Town Town Town

South Yorkshire Cambridgeshire Devon East Sussex West Midlands Lancashire Essex Greater Manchester Merseyside West Sussex

• List of conurbations in the United Kingdom • List of largest United Kingdom settlements by population

[1] Office for National Statistics [2] ONS glossary : urban area

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