City of Lancaster
The City of Lancaster (//) is a local government district of Lancashire, England, with the status of a city and non-metropolitan district. It is named after its largest settlement, Lancaster, but covers a far larger area, which includes the towns of Morecambe, Heysham, and Carnforth, as well as outlying villages, farms, rural hinterland and (since 1 August 2016) a section of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The district has a population of 146,038 (mid-2019 est.), and an area of 222.5 square miles (576.2 km2).
The current city boundaries were set as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, which created a non-metropolitan district on 1 April 1974 covering the territory of five former districts, which were abolished at the same time:
- Carnforth Urban District
- Lancaster Municipal Borough
- Lancaster Rural District
- Lunesdale Rural District
- Morecambe and Heysham Municipal Borough
The city status which had been held by the old municipal borough of Lancaster since 1937 was transferred to the non-metropolitan district on 1 April 1974, the day the new district came into being.
Lancaster City Council
Length of term
Town Hall, Marine Road, Morecambe
The district comprises two parliamentary constituencies: Lancaster and Fleetwood, and Morecambe and Lunesdale. Since 2015, Lancaster and Fleetwood has been held by Labour, and Morecambe and Lunesdale has been held by the Conservatives since 2010.
|Green and Independent Group||15|
|Morecambe Bay Independents||6|
|Bay Independent Group||4|
The leader of the council since May 2021 has been Caroline Jackson of the Green Party, leading a coalition administration. Elections for all council seats are held every four years. The last election was in 2019 and the next election is scheduled for 2023.
The council has two main meeting places, both inherited from predecessor authorities: Lancaster Town Hall and Morecambe Town Hall. Full council meetings are held in the larger council chamber of Morecambe Town Hall, but Lancaster Town Hall is also used for committee meetings and houses administrative functions.
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At the 2011 UK census, the City of Lancaster had a total population of 138,375. Of the 57,822 households in the city, 33.5% were married couples living together, 31.9% were one-person households, 7.8% were co-habiting couples and 10.0% were lone parents. These figures were similar to the national averages.
The population density was 233/km2 (600/sq mi) and for every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. Of those aged 16–74 in Lancaster, 26.7% had no academic qualifications, lower than 28.9% in all of England. The city of Lancaster had a higher proportion of white people than England.
The table below details the population change since 1801, including the percentage change since the last available census data. Although the City of Lancaster has existed as a district since 1974, figures have been generated by combining data from the towns, villages, and civil parishes that would later be constituent parts of the city.
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At the 2011 UK census, 65.9% of Lancaster's population reported themselves as Christian, 1.3% Muslim, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.3% Hindu, 0.1% Jewish, and 0.1% Sikh. 24.5% had no religion, 0.5% had an alternative religion and 7.1% did not state their religion. The city is covered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster, and the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn.
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|Population of working age||97,365||814,434||35,532,091|
At the United Kingdom Census 2001, the City of Lancaster had 97,365 residents aged 16 to 74. Of these people, 4.0% were students with jobs, 9.6% students without jobs, 5.1% looking after home or family, 6.0% permanently sick or disabled and 2.8% economically inactive for other reasons.
In 2001, of the 55,906 residents of the City of Lancaster in employment, the industry of employment was 16.7% retail and wholesale, 14.2% health and social work, 11.4% education, 11.2% manufacturing, 7.8% property and business services, 6.7% construction, 6.7% hotels and restaurants, 6.5% transport and communications, 5.7% public administration and defence, 2.5% finance, 2.4% energy and water supply, 2.2% agriculture, 0.4% mining, and 5.3% other. This was roughly in line with national figures, although the proportion of jobs in agriculture which was more than the national average of 1.5% and the percentage of people working in finance was below the national average of 4.8%; the proportion of people working in property was well below the national average of 13.2%.
- Nether Kellet
- Over Kellet
- Over Wyresdale
- Priest Hutton
- Yealand Conyers
- Yealand Redmayne
- Perpignan, France (since 1962)
- Rendsburg, Germany (since 1968)
- Aalborg, Denmark (since 1982)
- Lublin, Poland (since 1994)
- Växjö, Sweden (since 1996)
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