Blackpool Urban Area
The Blackpool Built-up Area or Blackpool Urban Area is an urban area in Lancashire, England, consisting of the large town of Blackpool along with several surrounding towns and villages. Defined by the ONS it had a population of 239,409 in 2011 this is considerably down on the 2001 population of 261,088  mainly due to Fleetwood no longer being considered as part of the built-up area. The population of the Blackpool Urban Area has been declining for some time with the 2001 population down 0.1% from the 1991 figure of 261,355.
The settlement of Blackpool itself has a population of 147,633, although during the summer months the population of the town can rise to three times this figure. According to Lancashire Tourist Board there were 360,000 people living in the town during April and August 2003, the majority of these people working in Blackpool for the summer season.
The entirety of the Blackpool Urban Area lies within the FY postcode area. The code refers to the Fylde, making it one of only five postcode areas in the UK that does not reference one of its settlements (although its official name is the Blackpool postcode area).
The built up area is split over three local government districts: the Blackpool unitary authority area, the Borough of Fylde and the Borough of Wyre. The area has nine railway stations, and parts of it are served by the Blackpool Tramway. It is made up of the following subdivisions:
|Fleetwood||26,841||Borough of Wyre|
|Lytham St Annes||41,327||42,953||Borough of Fylde|
|Thornton-Cleveleys||31,157||Borough of Wyre|
|Thornton||18,941||Borough of Wyre|
|Cleveleys||10,754||Borough of Wyre|
|Poulton-le-Fylde||17,430||Borough of Wyre|
|Staining||1,368||Borough of Fylde|
|Little Singleton||300||Borough of Fylde|
|Total Blackpool built-up area population||261,088||239,409|
- Thornton-Cleveleys is split into the Thornton and Cleveleys subdivisions for the 2011 census.
- Fleetwood forms a separate built up area for the 2011 census.
- While almost all of the Blackpool subdivision falls within its own unitary authority area, some small regions, accounting for a population of around 8,000, do fall within the boroughs of Fylde (Blackpool Airport, Newton, Peel Hill) and Wyre (Norcross, Normoss). Similarly, the Mains area of the Poulton subdivision lies east of Main Dyke, and thus falls outside the Borough of Wyre (instead being in the Fylde district).