List of two-tier counties of England

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This is a list of two-tier counties of England by population.

It includes those non-metropolitan counties (also known as shire counties) with a two-tier county council structure and does not include metropolitan counties or unitary authorities.

Where a unitary authority has separated from a shire county the population of the unitary authority is counted elsewhere. For example, the population of Peterborough is categorised distinctly from that of Cambridgeshire.

The figures are mid-year estimates for 2015 from the Office for National Statistics.[1][2]

Densities are calculated from population and area values.

Rank County Population Area
(in km²)
Density
(people/km²)
1 Kent 1,524,700 3,544 430
2 Essex 1,443,200 3,464 416
3 Hampshire 1,353,000 3,678 367
4 Lancashire 1,191,700 2,903 410
5 Surrey 1,168,800 1,662 703
6 Hertfordshire 1,166,300 1,643 709
7 Norfolk 885,000 5,380 164
8 Staffordshire 862,600 2,620 329
9 West Sussex 836,300 1,990 420
10 Nottinghamshire 805,800 2,084 386
11 Derbyshire 782,400 2,546 307
12 Devon 773,100 6,564 117
13 Suffolk 741,900 3,800 195
14 Lincolnshire 736,700 5,937 124
15 Northamptonshire 723,000 2,364 305
16 Oxfordshire 677,800 2,604 260
17 Leicestershire 675,300 2,082 324
18 Cambridgeshire 647,200 3,046 212
19 Gloucestershire 617,200 2,653 232
20 North Yorkshire 602,300 8,037 74
21 Worcestershire 578,600 1,740 332
22 Warwickshire 554,000 1,975 280
23 Somerset 545,400 3,450 158
24 East Sussex 544,100 1,708 318
25 Buckinghamshire 528,400 1,564 337
26 Cumbria 498,000 6,766 73
27 Dorset 420,600 2,541 165

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