Leicester Urban Area

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Map of the Leicester Urban Area {2001}.

The Leicester Urban Area is an urban agglomeration centred on the City of Leicester in the English (Central South East) Midlands, UK. It forms the core of Eurostat's LUZ (Larger Urban Zone), and would be the primary focus of its Extended Metropolitan Region "EMR" or more loosely defined City region (United Kingdom).

It is defined by the Office for National Statistics with a population of 508,916 at the time of the 2011 census.[1] This was an increase of 15% from the 2001 census population of 441,213. It comprises Leicester itself and several outlying suburbs, towns and villages which are all situated in close proximity to the city. A 2015 mid-year estimate indicates that population of the area in question may now be approaching 585,000 (583K), and that a modest extrapolation to 2020 gives a figure of just under 0.66 million (658K).

The urban area is the eleventh largest in England, between the Bristol Urban Area and the Brighton and Hove Built-up area.

Urban Subdivision Population (2001 census) Population (2011 census)
Leicester 336,153 443,760
Wigston 33,116
Oadby 22,679
Birstall 11,480 12,216
Kirby Muxloe
Groby 6,256 6,782
Blaby 6,163
Whetstone 6,100 12,760
Beaumont Leys 5,579
Ratby 3,862
Cosby 3,647 3,506
Queniborough 2,257 2,326
Syston 12,804
Littlethorpe 1,766
Narborough/Enderby 12,996
Total Urban Area 441,213 508,916


  • The ONS's definition of "Leicester" in the 2001 census excluded the suburb of Beaumont Leys, which was counted separately, and amalgamated several surrounding towns and villages. Its boundaries and population were not the same as that of the Leicester UA, which had a separate population of 279,921 at the 2001 Census.

Coordinates: 52°38′N 1°08′W / 52.63°N 1.13°W / 52.63; -1.13


City Region (United Kingdom)