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|Statistics as at May 2020|
The HG postcode area, also known as the Harrogate postcode area, is a group of five postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of three post towns. These postcode districts cover Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
HG1 and HG2 cover most of the urban area of Harrogate. HG1 covers areas north of The Stray including the town centre, while HG2 covers areas to the south and west of The Stray. East of The Stray, HG1 generally covers areas to the north of the A59 Knaresborough Road, while HG2 covers areas to the south. HG3 spans across some of the town's westernmost suburbs, some settlements immediately to the south, as well as a large rural area to the north and west. HG4 covers Ripon and some surrounding settlements and rural areas. HG5 covers Knaresborough and some rural areas to the north and east.
It is the only postcode area located entirely within North Yorkshire, and when ranked by number of postcode districts it is the second smallest postcode area in the United Kingdom, behind only the ZE postcode area which has three districts. However, many postcode areas with a greater number of districts cover fewer square miles in total.
The approximate coverage of the postcode districts:
- "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. May 2020. Table 2. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- Royal Mail, Address Management Guide, (2004)