List of English districts by population density

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This is a list of districts of England ordered by population density - midyear population estimates for 2011 from the Office for National Statistics.The densities are calculated by dividing the latest Population Estimate[1] by the Standard Area Measurement.[2]

More than 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
1 Islington 13,886 London borough Greater London
2 Kensington and Chelsea 13,057 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
3 Hackney 12,977 London borough Greater London
4 Tower Hamlets 12,942 London borough Greater London
5 Lambeth 11,358 London borough Greater London
6 Hammersmith and Fulham 11,124 London borough Greater London
7 Westminster 10,220 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
8 Camden 10,101 London borough Greater London
9 Southwark 10,003 London borough Greater London

1,000 - 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
10 Wandsworth 8,980 London borough Greater London
11 Haringey 8,632 London borough Greater London
12 Newham 8,578 London borough Greater London
13 Lewisham 7,878 London borough Greater London
14 Brent 7,221 London borough Greater London
15 Waltham Forest 6,692 London borough Greater London
16 Ealing 6,109 London borough Greater London
17 Greenwich 5,398 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
18 Merton 5,329 London borough Greater London
19 Barking and Dagenham 5,179 London borough Greater London
20 Portsmouth 5,089 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
21 Redbridge 4,988 London borough Greater London
22 Harrow 4,766 London borough Greater London
23 Southampton 4,733 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
24 Luton 4,696 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
25 Hounslow 4,554 London borough Greater London
26 Leicester 4,494 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire
27 Sutton 4,358 London borough Greater London
28 Manchester 4,349 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester
29 Slough 4,323 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
30 Kingston upon Thames 4,305 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
31 Watford 4,233 Borough Hertfordshire
32 Croydon 4,217 London borough Greater London
33 Southend-on-Sea 4,174 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
34 Liverpool 4,164 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside
35 Barnet 4,121 London borough Greater London
36 Blackpool 4,077 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
37 Nottingham 4,073 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire
38 Birmingham 4,012 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands
39 Bournemouth 3,974 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
40 Bristol 3,906 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol
41 Enfield 3,883 London borough Greater London
42 Reading 3,844 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
43 Bexley 3,843 London borough Greater London
44 Sandwell 3,612 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
45 Wolverhampton 3,599 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
46 Hull 3,584 Unitary authority, City (1299) East Riding of Yorkshire
47 Ipswich 3,392 Borough Suffolk
48 Norwich 3,388 City (1195) Norfolk
49 Brighton & Hove 3,302 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex
50 Oxford 3,293 City (1542) Oxfordshire
51 Gosport 3,271 Borough Hampshire
52 Richmond upon Thames 3,266 London borough Greater London
53 Stevenage 3,243 Borough Hertfordshire
54 Worthing 3,232 Borough West Sussex
55 Plymouth 3,216 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon
56 Coventry 3,212 Metropolitan borough, City (1345) West Midlands
57 Dudley 3,198 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
58 Derby 3,190 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
59 Hastings 3,035 Borough East Sussex
60 Cambridge 3,015 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
61 Gloucester 3,007 City (1541) Gloucestershire
62 Worcester 2,966 City (1189) Worcestershire
63 Harlow 2,692 Essex
64 Stoke-on-Trent 2,661 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire
65 Northampton 2,631 Borough Northamptonshire
66 Lincoln 2,609 City (TI) Lincolnshire
67 Walsall 2,592 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
68 Middlesbrough 2,569 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
69 City of London 2,548 City (TI), sui generis City of London
70 Tamworth 2,493 Borough Staffordshire
71 Exeter 2,489 City (TI) Devon
72 Cheltenham 2,479 Borough Gloucestershire
73 Newcastle upon Tyne 2,460 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear
74 North Tyneside 2,442 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
75 Rushmoor 2,418 Borough Hampshire
76 Salford 2,413 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
77 Crawley 2,382 Borough West Sussex
78 Hillingdon 2,381 London borough Greater London
79 Oadby and Wigston 2,380 Borough Leicestershire
80 South Tyneside 2,301 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
81 Poole 2,287 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
82 Eastbourne 2,249 Borough East Sussex
83 Stockport 2,247 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
84 Epsom and Ewell 2,207 Borough Surrey
85 Havant 2,182 Borough Hampshire
86 Trafford 2,142 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
87 Spelthorne 2,137 Borough Surrey
88 Tameside 2,130 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
89 Havering 2,117 London borough Greater London
90 Torbay 2,086 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
91 Bromley 2,069 London borough Greater London
92 Wirral 2,036 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
93 Sunderland 2,003 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear
94 Bolton 1,984 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
95 Castle Point 1,953 Borough Essex
96 Bury 1,864 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
97 Broxbourne 1,822 Borough Hertfordshire
98 Sefton 1,789 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
99 Wigan 1,690 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
100 Knowsley 1,687 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
101 Basildon 1,591 Essex
102 Halton 1,589 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
103 Nuneaton and Bedworth 1,588 Borough Warwickshire
104 Oldham 1,582 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
105 Eastleigh 1,578 Borough Hampshire
106 Chesterfield 1,572 Borough Derbyshire
107 Woking 1,565 Borough Surrey
108 Weymouth and Portland 1,558 Borough Dorset
109 Redditch 1,554 Borough Worcestershire
110 Fareham 1,507 Borough Hampshire
111 Sheffield 1,500 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire
112 Adur 1,466 West Sussex
113 Bradford 1,428 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire
114 Gateshead 1,407 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
115 Elmbridge 1,382 Borough Surrey
116 Medway 1,379 Unitary authority, Borough Kent
117 Broxtowe 1,370 Borough Nottinghamshire
118 Mansfield 1,364 Nottinghamshire
119 Leeds 1,361 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire
120 Dartford 1,341 Borough Kent
121 Rochdale 1,340 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
122 Thanet 1,301 Kent
123 St Helens 1,286 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
124 Cannock Chase 1,237 Staffordshire
125 Solihull 1,160 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
126 Warrington 1,122 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
127 Hyndburn 1,103 Borough Lancashire
128 Ashfield 1,091 Nottinghamshire
129 Blackburn with Darwen 1,078 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
130 Reigate and Banstead 1,072 Borough Surrey
131 Bracknell Forest 1,039 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
132 Kirklees 1,035 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
133 Runnymede 1,031 Borough Surrey
134 Gravesham 1,028 Borough Kent
135 Erewash 1,023 Borough Derbyshire

100 - 1000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
136 Hertsmere 993 Borough Hertfordshire
137 Three Rivers 990 Hertfordshire
138 Preston 985 City (2002) Lancashire
139 Hartlepool 981 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
140 Thurrock 969 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
141 South Ribble 967 Borough Lancashire
142 Wakefield 964 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire
143 Christchurch 951 Borough Dorset
144 Gedling 948 Borough Nottinghamshire
145 Stockton-on-Tees 941 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
146 Swindon 911 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
147 Surrey Heath 909 Borough Surrey
148 Rotherham 899 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
149 Barrow-in-Furness 886 Borough Cumbria
150 St Albans 876 City (1877) Hertfordshire
151 Wokingham 866 Unitary authority Berkshire
152 Welwyn Hatfield 854 Hertfordshire
153 North East Lincolnshire 832 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
154 Milton Keynes 810 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
155 Burnley 786 Borough Lancashire
156 Corby 767 Borough Northamptonshire
157 Windsor and Maidenhead 738 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
158 York 727 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
159 Blaby 721 Leicestershire
160 Barnsley 705 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
161 Dacorum 684 Borough Hertfordshire
162 Arun 679 West Sussex
163 Charnwood 595 Borough Leicestershire
164 Newcastle-under-Lyme 587 Borough Staffordshire
165 Telford and Wrekin 575 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
166 Calderdale 561 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
167 Great Yarmouth 561 Borough Norfolk
168 Redcar and Cleveland 552 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
169 North Somerset 543 Unitary authority Somerset
170 Peterborough 537 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
171 Darlington 535 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
172 Doncaster 533 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
173 Chorley 531 Borough Lancashire
174 South Gloucestershire 530 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
175 Wycombe 530 Buckinghamshire
176 Pendle 529 Borough Lancashire
177 Colchester 528 Borough Essex
178 Guildford 508 Borough Surrey
179 Bath and North East Somerset 508 Unitary authority Somerset
180 Tonbridge and Malling 504 Borough Kent
181 Wyre Forest 502 Worcestershire
182 Chelmsford 497 City (2012) Essex
183 Rossendale 493 Borough Lancashire
184 Rochford 491 Essex
185 Canterbury 488 City (TI) Kent
186 Warwick 487 Warwickshire
187 Brentwood 482 Borough Essex
188 South Bucks 475 Buckinghamshire
189 Bolsover 474 Derbyshire
190 Chiltern 472 Buckinghamshire
191 Wellingborough 464 Borough Northamptonshire
192 Amber Valley 462 Borough Derbyshire
193 Fylde 459 Borough Lancashire
194 Bromsgrove 432 Worcestershire
195 Hart 426 Hampshire
196 Mid Sussex 420 West Sussex
197 Tendring 409 Essex
198 Kettering 402 Borough Northamptonshire
199 Maidstone 396 Borough Kent
200 Wyre 381 Borough Lancashire
201 Epping Forest 368 Essex
202 Swale 365 Borough Kent
203 Isle of Wight 364 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
204 North East Derbyshire 360 Derbyshire
205 Cheshire West and Chester 359 Unitary authority Cheshire
206 Central Bedfordshire 357 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
207 Dover 355 Kent
208 Hinckley and Bosworth 354 Borough Leicestershire
209 Waverley 353 Borough Surrey
210 Tunbridge Wells 348 Borough Kent
211 North Hertfordshire 340 Hertfordshire
212 North West Leicestershire 335 Leicestershire
213 Tandridge 335 Surrey
214 Lewes 334 East Sussex
215 Mole Valley 331 Surrey
216 Bedford 331 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
217 West Lancashire 319 Lancashire
218 Cheshire East 318 Unitary authority Cheshire
219 Sevenoaks 313 Kent
220 Waveney 312 Suffolk
221 Lichfield 305 Staffordshire
222 Shepway 303 Kent
223 East Staffordshire 294 Borough Staffordshire
224 East Hertfordshire 291 Hertfordshire
225 Rugby 286 Borough Warwickshire
226 South Derbyshire 281 Derbyshire
227 Rushcliffe 272 Borough Nottinghamshire
228 Basingstoke and Deane 266 Borough Hampshire
229 South Staffordshire 266 Staffordshire
230 Horsham 248 West Sussex
231 East Dorset 246 Dorset
232 Stroud 246 Gloucestershire
233 Cherwell 242 Oxfordshire
234 Braintree 241 Essex
235 Lancaster 239 City (1937) Lancashire
236 Taunton Deane 239 Borough Somerset
237 New Forest 235 Hampshire
238 County Durham 230 Unitary authority County Durham
239 Broadland 226 Norfolk
240 East Hampshire 225 Hampshire
241 West Berkshire 219 Unitary authority Berkshire
242 Stafford 219 Staffordshire
243 North Warwickshire 218 Borough Warwickshire
244 Vale of White Horse 211 Oxfordshire
245 Ashford 204 Borough Kent
246 Sedgemoor 204 Somerset
247 South Oxfordshire 199 Oxfordshire
248 Tewkesbury 199 Borough Gloucestershire
249 North Lincolnshire 198 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
250 Aylesbury Vale 194 Buckinghamshire
251 Huntingdonshire 188 Cambridgeshire
252 Test Valley 186 Borough Hampshire
253 Teignbridge 184 Devon
254 Wealden 179 East Sussex
255 Boston 179 Borough Lincolnshire
256 Rother 178 East Sussex
257 Bassetlaw 177 Nottinghamshire
258 Winchester 177 City (TI) Hampshire
259 Newark and Sherwood 177 Nottinghamshire
260 Wychavon 176 Worcestershire
261 Fenland 175 Cambridgeshire
262 Maldon 172 Essex
263 East Northamptonshire 170 Northamptonshire
264 St Edmundsbury 170 Borough Suffolk
265 South Somerset 169 Somerset
266 Staffordshire Moorlands 169 Staffordshire
267 High Peak 169 Borough Derbyshire
268 South Cambridgeshire 166 Cambridgeshire
269 East Devon 164 Devon
270 Forest Heath 159 Suffolk
271 Forest of Dean 156 Gloucestershire
272 Cornwall 151 Unitary authority Cornwall
273 Babergh 148 Suffolk
274 Mendip 148 Somerset
275 West Oxfordshire 148 Oxfordshire
276 Wiltshire 146 Unitary authority Wiltshire
277 Chichester 145 West Sussex
278 Harborough 145 Leicestershire
279 South Kesteven 142 Lincolnshire
280 Suffolk Coastal 140 Suffolk
281 Selby 139 North Yorkshire
282 East Riding of Yorkshire 139 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
283 South Norfolk 137 Norfolk
284 South Northamptonshire 135 Northamptonshire
285 Isles of Scilly 134 sui generis Cornwall
286 Scarborough 133 Borough North Yorkshire
287 Malvern Hills 129 Worcestershire
288 East Cambridgeshire 129 Cambridgeshire
289 Uttlesford 125 Essex
290 Stratford-on-Avon 124 Warwickshire
291 Harrogate 121 North Yorkshire
292 South Holland 119 Lincolnshire
293 Daventry 118 Northamptonshire
294 North Kesteven 118 Lincolnshire
295 North Dorset 113 Dorset
296 Purbeck 112 Dorset
297 Mid Suffolk 111 Suffolk
298 North Norfolk 106 Norfolk
299 Melton 105 Borough Leicestershire
300 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 104 Borough Norfolk
301 Carlisle 103 City (TI) Cumbria
302 Breckland 100 Norfolk

Less than 100 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
303 Rutland 99 Unitary authority Rutland
304 Ribble Valley 98 Borough Lancashire
305 Copeland 96 Borough Cumbria
306 Shropshire 96 Unitary authority Shropshire
307 South Hams 94 Devon
308 West Dorset 92 Dorset
309 Derbyshire Dales 90 Derbyshire
310 North Devon 87 Devon
311 Mid Devon 85 Devon
312 Herefordshire 84 Unitary authority Herefordshire
313 East Lindsey 78 Lincolnshire
314 Allerdale 78 Borough Cumbria
315 West Lindsey 77 Lincolnshire
316 Cotswold 71 Gloucestershire
317 Hambleton 68 North Yorkshire
318 South Lakeland 68 Cumbria
319 Torridge 65 Devon
320 Northumberland 63 Unitary authority Northumberland
321 West Somerset 48 Somerset
322 Craven 47 North Yorkshire
323 West Devon 46 Borough Devon
324 Richmondshire 40 North Yorkshire
325 Ryedale 34 North Yorkshire
326 Eden 25 Cumbria

See also[edit]

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.