There are nine main towns on the Isle of Wight. Most of these are located towards the eastern side and along the coast. Ryde is the island's largest town with a population of 26,152. Newport is the island's capital and located in the centre of the island. Most island settlements link to Newport by road making it the centre for island services. There are currently no settlements on the island with city status, the nearest city to the Isle of Wight is Portsmouth, five miles north-east of the Island, followed by Southampton, which is ten miles north of East Cowes.
An aerial photograph showing the towns of Newport and Cowes