List of localities in England by population

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Localities, also called urban sub-divisions, are component areas of the urban areas (conurbations) of England and Wales defined by the Office for National Statistics to enable detailed study of smaller areas within conurbations, and to enable comparisons to be made with historical data. The boundaries of localities within conurbations often follow those of local authorities existing before local government re-organisation in 1974, the boundaries of current authorities within agglomerations, or the points where previously separate urban areas joined.[1]

Localities are not the same as local government areas such as cities or borough council areas, as localities are based upon the actual built-up area and cannot extend beyond a single physically contiguous urban area, but can extend beyond local government boundaries. For the population of these local government areas see List of English districts by population.

This is a list of the localities within England that had a population greater than 100,000 at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001.[2]

This article is provided for historical interest only, because this sense of 'locality' disappears in the 2011 census and the population data have been recalculated.

Rank Locality Population (2001 Census) Ceremonial county Notes
1 Birmingham 970,892 West Midlands Does not include the town of Sutton Coldfield, but does include Castle Bromwich.
Population of entire West Midlands conurbation is 2,284,093.
2 Liverpool 469,017 Merseyside Liverpool Urban Area 864,122 List of urban areas in the United Kingdom
3 Leeds 443,247 West Yorkshire Excludes the areas of Bramhope, Guiseley, Yeadon, Garforth, Wetherby, Otley, Morley, Rawdon and Scarcroft. Entire Leeds urban area List of English districts by population has a population of 750,700.
4 Sheffield 439,866 South Yorkshire Excludes the areas of Beighton, Chapeltown and Mosborough/Highlane. Entire Urban area is 640,720 (including Rotherham)
5 Bristol 420,556 Bristol
6 Manchester 394,269 Greater Manchester Metropolitan district, minus Ringway. Population of entire Greater Manchester Urban Area is 2,240,230.
7 Leicester 330,574 Leicestershire District minus Beaumont Leys, plus Scraptoft, Glenfield, Thurmaston, Thurnby. Excludes Oadby and Wigston.
8 Coventry 325,949 West Midlands Excludes the Bedworth area of Coventry and Bedworth Urban Area. Entire population of this area is 359,262
9 Croydon 316,283 Greater London
10 Barnet 314,019 Greater London
11 Kingston upon Hull 301,416 East Riding of Yorkshire District plus suburbs outside local authority border (Haltemprice)
12 Ealing 300,948 Greater London
13 Bradford 293,717 West Yorkshire Excludes Shipley and Bingley.
14 Bromley 280,305 Greater London
15 Enfield 273,203 Greater London
16 Lambeth 267,785 Greater London
17 Brent 263,464 Greater London
18 Wandsworth 259,881 Greater London
19 Stoke-on-Trent 259,252 Staffordshire Includes suburbs outside local authority border: Brown Edge and Blythe Bridge
20 Wolverhampton 251,462 West Midlands Inclused suburbs outside local authority border including Perton and Lower Penn.
21 Nottingham 249,584 Nottinghamshire Excludes Clifton
22 Lewisham 248,922 Greater London
23 Newham 243,891 Greater London
24 Plymouth 243,795 Devon
25 Southwark 243,749 Greater London
26 Hillingdon 242,755 Greater London
27 Redbridge 240,796 Greater London
28 Southampton 234,224 Hampshire
29 Reading 232,662 Berkshire Includes suburbs in West Berkshire and Wokingham districts.
30 Derby 229,407 Derbyshire
31 Havering 223,193 Greater London
32 Greenwich 219,263 Greater London
33 Waltham Forest 218,341 Greater London
34 Haringey 216,507 Greater London
35 Hounslow 212,341 Greater London
36 Bexley 211,802 Greater London
37 Harrow 206,643 Greater London
38 Hackney 202,824 Greater London
39 Camden 198,020 Greater London
40 Tower Hamlets 196,106 Greater London
41 Dudley 194,919 West Midlands
42 Newcastle upon Tyne 189,863 Tyne and Wear Excludes Gosforth and Newburn
43 Northampton 189,474 Northamptonshire
44 Merton 187,908 Greater London
45 Portsmouth 187,056 Hampshire
46 Luton 185,543 Bedfordshire
47 Preston 184,836 Lancashire Includes part of South Ribble district including Walton-le-Dale.
48 Westminster 181,766 Greater London
49 Sutton 177,796 Greater London
50 Sunderland 177,739 Tyne and Wear Sunderland proper only, not the City of Sunderland. Includes Ryhope, excludes Washington, Houghton-le-Spring and Hetton-le-Hole
51 Islington 175,797 Greater London
52 Norwich 174,047 Norfolk Includes Thorpe St. Andrew
53 Richmond upon Thames 172,335 Greater London
54 Walsall 170,994 West Midlands
55 Bournemouth 167,527 Dorset
56 Hammersmith and Fulham 165,242 Greater London
57 Barking and Dagenham 163,944 Greater London
58 Southend-on-Sea 160,257 Essex
59 Kensington and Chelsea 158,439 Greater London
60 Swindon 155,432 Wiltshire
61 Kingston upon Thames 146,873 Greater London
62 Huddersfield 146,234 West Yorkshire
63 Poole 144,800 Dorset
64 Oxford 143,016 Oxfordshire
65 Middlesbrough 142,691 North Yorkshire Includes Ormesby but excludes Eston & Southbank
66 Blackpool 142,283 Lancashire
67 Oldbury/Smethwick 139,855 West Midlands
68 Bolton 139,403 Greater Manchester
69 Ipswich 138,718 Suffolk
70 York 137,505 North Yorkshire
71 West Bromwich 136,940 West Midlands Includes Tipton and Wednesbury.
72 Peterborough 136,292 Cambridgeshire
73 Stockport 136,082 Greater Manchester
74 Brighton 134,293 East Sussex Excludes Rottingdean/Saltdean; Is the town of Brighton, not the conjoined local authority of Brighton and Hove
75 Slough 126,276 Berkshire
76 Gloucester 123,205 Gloucestershire
77 Watford 120,960 Hertfordshire Urban subdivision of Greater London Urban Area.
78 Rotherham 117,262 South Yorkshire
79 Cambridge 117,717 Cambridgeshire
80 Exeter 106,772 Devon
81 Eastbourne 106,562 East Sussex
82 Sutton Coldfield 105,452 West Midlands
83 Blackburn 105,085 Lancashire
84 Colchester 104,390 Essex
85 Oldham 103,544 Greater Manchester
86 St Helens 102,629 Merseyside
87 Woking/Byfleet 101,127 Surrey
88 Chesterfield 101,000 Derbyshire
89 Crawley 100,547 West Sussex

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Office for National Statistics (2004). "Key Statistics for urban areas in the North". The Stationery Office. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics