Leicester Urban Area

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Map of the Leicester Urban Area.

The Leicester Urban Area or Leicester Built-up Area is a conurbation of the city of Leicester in Leicestershire, England.

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.[1] 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)
Leicester 336,153 443,760
Wigston 33,116
Oadby 22,679
Birstall 11,480 12,216
Kirby Muxloe
Groby 6,256 6,782
Blaby 6,163
Whetstone 6,100 12,760
Beaumont Leys 5,579
Ratby 3,862
Cosby 3,647 3,506
Queniborough 2,257 2,326
Syston 12,804
Littlethorpe 1,766
Narborough/Enderby 12,996
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.


  1. ^ "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

Coordinates: 52°38′N 1°08′W / 52.63°N 1.13°W / 52.63; -1.13