Belfast Metropolitan Area

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Belfast Metropolitan Area
Metropolitan Area
Belfast Metropolitan Area is located in Northern Ireland
Belfast Metropolitan Area
Belfast Metropolitan Area
Location in Northern Ireland
Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°55′48″W / 54.597°N 5.930°W / 54.597; -5.930Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°55′48″W / 54.597°N 5.930°W / 54.597; -5.930
Sovereign State United Kingdom
Constituent Country Northern Ireland
District
County County Antrim / County Down
Government
 • UK Parliament
 • EU Parliament Northern Ireland
Area
 • Total 370 sq mi (960 km2)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Area code(s) 028

The Belfast Metropolitan Area is a grouping of council areas which include commuter towns and overspill from Belfast, Northern Ireland with a population of 579,276.[1]

Overview[edit]

The area was first officially classified as a Metropolitan Area in the late 1990s when the British government began to prepare for a cohesive plan that would include the Belfast Region. Six local government districts – Belfast, Castlereagh, Carrickfergus, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and North Down, were identified as the key areas within the Metropolitan Area. The continuous built-up area centred on Belfast, which is contained within these six districts, is defined as the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area. (see map)

The Area is made up of established towns, their overspill and the general con-joining of settlements as Belfast expands. Established towns include Carrickfergus, Bangor, Lisburn and Holywood. Many of these towns were established and important long before Belfast rose to prominence; Carrickfergus, for example, was the Norman capital of the northern part of Ireland.[citation needed] Bangor had been an importance centre of Christianity and learning from its foundation in 555 AD. The recent re-classification of Lisburn as a city does not change its position within the Metropolitan Area.

Places in the conurbation[edit]

Rank Urban Area[2] Population

(2001 Census)[2]

1 Belfast Urban Area 276,605
2 Lisburn Urban Area 71,403
3 Newtonabbey Urban Area 62,022
4 Bangor 58,368
5 Castlereagh Urban Area 54,636
6 Carrickfergus 27,192
7 Holywood Urban Area 12,027
8 Carryduff 6,564
9 Greenisland 5,067
10 Groomsport & Crawfordsburn 1,401
11 Helen's Bay 1,356
12 Milltown 1,356
13 Seahill 1,179
Total Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area 579,276

2001 Census[edit]

On Census day (29 April 2001) the demographic characteristics of the people living in Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA) were as follows:[3]

  • 22.0% were aged under 16 years and 19.2% were aged 60 and over
  • 47.4% of the population were male and 52.6% were female
  • 40.5% were from a Catholic background, 55.5% were from a Protestant background.
  • 4.3% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

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