Leicester Urban Area
While it has no formal definition as an administrative area, it is defined by the Office for National Statistics with a population of 508,916 at the time of the 2011 census. This was an increase of 15% from the 2001 census population of 441,213. It comprises Leicester itself and several outlying suburbs, towns and villages which are all situated in close proximity to the city.
The urban area is the eleventh largest in England, between the Bristol Urban Area and the Brighton and Hove Built-up area. Leicester itself comprises more than three-quarters of the Urban Area population.
The ONS's definition of "Leicester" in the 2001 census excluded the suburb of Beaumont Leys, which is counted separately, and amalgamates several surrounding towns and villages. Its boundaries and population are not the same as that of the Leicester unitary authority, which had a separate population of 279,921 at the 2001 Census.
|Urban Subdivision||Population (2001 census)||Population (2011 census)|
|Total Urban Area||441,213||508,916|
- Narborough/Enderby was a separate urban area in the 2001 census.
- Littlethorpe formed part of Narborough/Enderby in the 2001 census and came under the Enderby subdivision.
- Oadby, Kirby Muxloe, Beaumont Leys and Wigston were included under the Leicester subdivision in the 2011 census.
- Blaby was included under the Whetstone subdivision in the 2011 census.
- Syston was included under the Leicester subdivision in the 2001 census.
- Ratby was no longer considered part of Leicester's built-up area in the 2011 census.
- Office for National Statistics: Census 2001 - Table KS01 (Usual resident population)
- Office for National Statistics: Census 2001 - Maps and index to urban areas