Jump to content

Blackpool urban area

Coordinates: 53°49′48″N 2°56′28″W / 53.830°N 2.941°W / 53.830; -2.941
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Blackpool Urban Area)

53°49′48″N 2°56′28″W / 53.830°N 2.941°W / 53.830; -2.941

Map of the Blackpool Urban Area including subdivisions and local authority boundaries

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[1] this is considerably down on the 2001 population of 261,088 [2] 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 Blackpool subdivision 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:

Urban subdivision[3] Population

(2001 census)[3]


(2011 census)[1]

Blackpool 142,283 147,633 Blackpool
Fleetwood 26,841 Wyre
Lytham St Annes 41,327 42,953 Fylde
Thornton-Cleveleys 31,157 Wyre
Thornton 18,941 Wyre
Cleveleys 10,754 Wyre
Poulton-le-Fylde 17,430 Wyre
Staining 1,368 Fylde
Little Singleton 300 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).


  1. ^ a b "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  2. ^ Blackpool Urban Area
  3. ^ a b ONS (2004). Census 2001: Key Statistics for urban areas in England and Wales (PDF). HMSO. ISBN 0 11 621743 X.