List of English counties

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This is a list of metropolitan counties, non-metropolitan counties and unitary authorities of England by population.

It includes those non-metropolitan counties (also known as shire counties) with a two-tier county council structure, metropolitan counties and unitary authorities.

In cases where a unitary authority has been detached from a county the population of the unitary authority is shown separately. For example, Peterborough is shown separately from the population figure for Cambridgeshire.

Population figures are mid-year estimates for 2011 from the Office for National Statistics.[1]

Areas from UK Standard Area Measurements[2]

Densities are calculated from population and area values.

Rank County Type Region Population Density
(people/km²)
Area
(km²)
1 Greater London administrative area London 8,196,700 5,223 1,569
2 West Midlands metropolitan county West Midlands 2,739,800 3,039 902
3 Greater Manchester metropolitan county North West 2,685,400 2,105 1,276
4 West Yorkshire metropolitan county Yorkshire and the Humber 2,227,400 1,098 2,029
5 Kent two-tier South East 1,466,500 413 3,544
6 Essex two-tier East 1,396,600 403 3,464
7 Merseyside metropolitan county North West 1,380,800 2,141 645
8 South Yorkshire metropolitan county Yorkshire and the Humber 1,343,900 866 1,552
9 Hampshire two-tier South East 1,322,300 359 3,679
10 Lancashire two-tier North West 1,171,600 404 2,903
11 Surrey two-tier South East 1,135,500 683 1,663
12 Hertfordshire two-tier East 1,119,800 682 1,643
13 Tyne and Wear metropolitan county North East 1,104,100 2,044 540
14 Norfolk two-tier East 859,400 160 5,371
15 Staffordshire two-tier West Midlands 849,600 324 2,620
16 West Sussex two-tier South East 808,900 406 1,990
17 Nottinghamshire two-tier East Midlands 786,700 377 2,085
18 Derbyshire two-tier East Midlands 770,600 303 2,547
19 Devon two-tier South West 747,900 114 6,564
20 Suffolk two-tier East 730,100 192 3,800
21 Lincolnshire two-tier East Midlands 714,800 121 5,921
22 Northamptonshire two-tier East Midlands 693,900 294 2,364
23 Oxfordshire two-tier South East 654,800 251 2,605
24 Leicestershire two-tier East Midlands 651,200 313 2,083
25 Cambridgeshire two-tier East 622,200 204 3,046
26 North Yorkshire two-tier Yorkshire and the Humber 601,200 75 8,038
27 Gloucestershire two-tier South West 598,300 226 2,653
28 Worcestershire two-tier West Midlands 566,500 325 1,741
29 Warwickshire two-tier West Midlands 546,500 277 1,975
30 Cornwall unitary South West 533,800 151 3,546
31 Somerset two-tier South West 531,600 154 3,451
32 East Sussex two-tier South East 527,200 308 1,709
33 County Durham unitary North East 513,000 230 2,226
34 Buckinghamshire two-tier South East 506,700 324 1,565
35 Cumbria two-tier North West 499,800 74 6,767
36 Wiltshire unitary South West 474,300 146 3,255
37 Bristol unitary South West 428,100 3,906 110
38 Dorset two-tier South West 413,800 163 2,542
39 Cheshire East unitary North West 370,700 318 1,166
40 East Riding of Yorkshire unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 334,700 139 2,408
41 Leicester unitary East Midlands 329,600 4,494 73
42 Cheshire West and Chester unitary North West 329,500 359 917
43 Northumberland unitary North East 316,300 63 5,013
44 Shropshire unitary West Midlands 307,100 96 3,197
45 Nottingham unitary East Midlands 303,900 4,073 75
46 Brighton & Hove unitary South East 273,000 3,302 83
47 Medway unitary South East 264,900 1,379 192
48 South Gloucestershire unitary South West 263,400 530 497
49 Plymouth unitary South West 256,600 3,216 80
50 Hull unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 256,100 3,584 71
51 Central Bedfordshire unitary East 255,600 357 716
52 Milton Keynes unitary South East 249,900 810 309
53 Derby unitary East Midlands 248,900 3,190 78
54 Stoke-on-Trent unitary West Midlands 248,700 2,661 93
55 Southampton unitary South East 235,900 4,733 50
56 Swindon unitary South West 209,700 911 230
57 Portsmouth unitary South East 205,400 5,089 40
58 Luton unitary East 203,600 4,696 43
59 North Somerset unitary South West 203,100 543 374
60 Warrington unitary North West 202,700 1,122 181
61 York unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 197,800 727 272
62 Stockton-on-Tees unitary North East 191,800 941 204
63 Peterborough unitary East 184,500 537 343
64 Herefordshire unitary West Midlands 183,600 84 2,180
65 Bournemouth unitary South West 183,500 3,974 46
66 Bath and North East Somerset unitary South West 175,500 508 346
67 Southend-on-Sea unitary East 174,300 4,174 42
68 North Lincolnshire unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 167,500 198 846
69 Telford and Wrekin unitary West Midlands 166,800 575 290
70 North East Lincolnshire unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 159,700 832 192
71 Thurrock unitary East 158,300 969 163
72 Bedford unitary East 157,800 331 476
73 Reading unitary South East 155,300 3,844 40
74 Wokingham unitary South East 154,900 866 179
75 West Berkshire unitary South East 154,100 219 704
76 Poole unitary South West 148,100 2,287 65
77 Blackburn with Darwen unitary North West 147,700 1,078 137
78 Windsor and Maidenhead unitary South East 145,100 738 197
79 Blackpool unitary North West 142,100 4,077 35
80 Slough unitary South East 140,700 4,323 33
81 Middlesbrough unitary North East 138,400 2,569 54
82 Isle of Wight unitary South East 138,400 364 380
83 Redcar and Cleveland unitary North East 135,200 552 245
84 Torbay unitary South West 131,200 2,086 63
85 Halton unitary North West 125,700 1,589 79
86 Bracknell Forest unitary South East 113,700 1,039 109
87 Darlington unitary North East 105,600 535 197
88 Hartlepool unitary North East 92,100 981 94
89 Rutland unitary East Midlands 37,600 99 382
90 Isles of Scilly unitary South West 2,200 134 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 8a Mid-2011 Population Estimates: Selected age groups for local authorities in England and Wales; estimated resident population;". Population Estimates for England and Wales, Mid 2011 (Census Based). Office for National Statistics. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Standard Area Measurements - Local Authorities - Dec 2010 (SAM_LAD_DEC_2010_UK)". UK Standard Area Measurements (SAM). Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2011.