List of Bedfordshire settlements by population

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This is a list of all the settlements in Bedfordshire. Population figures are taken from the 2001 UK census. The population given is for the civil parish, Luton Borough in the case of Luton and the unparished area in the case of Bedford. Because of this some village's population may include hamlets which may or may not be considered separate settlements. As well as this some civil parishes include more than one village but they have been included together in this list because there is no reliable data for the populations of separate villages in a civil parish consisting of more than one village. Settlements which do not form part of urban areas have had their urban area listed as rural. However some villages may be only partly in one Urban Area with the rest of it not being in any urban areas in such cases the urban area has been listed as the urban area and Rural.

Rank settlement Population 2001 Census[1][2][3] Town or Village Urban Area[4]
1 Luton 206,850[5] Town Luton/Dunstable Urban Area
2 Bedford 78,750[6] Town Bedford Urban Area
3 Dunstable 33,805 Town Luton/Dunstable Urban Area
4 Leighton Buzzard 32,753 Town Leighton Buzzard
5 Kempston 19,375 Town Bedford Urban Area
6 Houghton Regis 16,970 Town Luton/Dunstable Urban Area
7 Biggleswade 15,383 Town Biggleswade
8 Flitwick 12,700 Town Flitwick/Ampthill
9 Sandy 10,887 Town Sandy
10 Ampthill 6,767 Town Flitwick/Ampthill
11 Stotfold 6,109 Town Stotfold
12 Shefford 4,928 Town Henlow/Shefford
13 Cranfield 4,909 Village Cranfield
14 Barton-le-Clay 4,793 Village Barton in the clay
15 Bromham 4,768 Village Bromham
16 Arlesey 4,741 Town Arlesey
17 Potton 4,473 Town Potton
17 Toddington 4,459 Village Toddington
18 Wootton 4,230 Village Wootton
19 Marston Moretaine 3,684 Village Marston Moretaine
20 Caddington 3,673 Village Caddington
21 Clapham 3,643 Village Clapham
22 Eastcotts 3,187 Village
23 Henlow 3,084 Village Henlow/Shefford
24 Maulden 2,900 Village Maulden
25 Langford 2,882 Village Langford
26 Clifton 2,730 Village Henlow/Shefford
27 Eaton Bray 2,591 Village Eaton Bray
28 Oakley 2,438 Village Oakley
29 Shortstown 2,401 Village Shortsdown
30 Harlington 2,322 Village Harlington
31 Northill 2,288 Village Rural
32 Wilshamstead 2,263 Village Wilshamstead
33 Aspley Guise 2,185 Village Rural
34 Elstow 2,049 Village Bedford Urban Area and Rural
35 Westoning 2,001 Village Westoning
36 Slip End 1,976 Village Rural
37 Sharnbrook 1,940 Village Rural
38 Great Barford 1,864 Village Great Barford
39 Shillington 1,831 Village Rural
40 Stondon 1,821 Village Rural
41 Silsoe 1,729 Village Silsoe
42 Streatley 1,707 Village Rural
43 Clophill 1,702 Village Clophill
44 Biddenham 1,640 Village Bedford Urban Area and Rural
45 Meppershall 1,549 Village Meppershall
46 Kensworth 1,504 Village Kensworth
47 Renhold 1,448 Village Rural
48 Campton and Chicksands 1,388 Village Rural
49 Houghton Conquest 1,299 Village Rural
50 Kempston Rural 1,286 Village Rural
51 Heath and Reach 1,285 Village Rural
52 Riseley 1,284 Village Rural
53 Harrold 1,235 Village Rural
54 Stewartby 1,212 Village Rural
55 Flitton and Greenfield 1,212 Village Greenfield/Flitton
56 Turvey 1,192 Village Rural
57 Totternhoe 1,180 Village Rural
58 Lidlington 1,145 Village Rural
59 Southill 1,141 Village Rural
60 Studham 1,125 Village Rural
61 Haynes 1,122 Village Rural
62 Great Denham 980 Village Rural
63 Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden 946 Village Rural
64 Woburn 945 Village Rural
65 Blunham 926 Village Rural
66 Wymington 868 Village Rushden
67 Pulloxhill 850 Village Rural
68 Carlton and Chellington 827 Village Rural
69 Willington 782 Village Rural
70 Milton Ernest 754 Village Rural
71 Stanbridge 747 Village Rural
72 Felmersham and Radwell 737 Village Rural
73 Wrestlingworth and Cockayne Hatley 737 Village Rural
74 Cople 736 Village Rural
75 Bolnhurst and Keysoe 734 Village Rural
76 Hockliffe 730 Village Rural
77 Ravensden 706 Village Rural
78 Thurleigh 696 Village Rural
79 Dunton 653 Village Rural
80 Moggerhanger 636 Village Rural
81 Great Billington 632 Village Rural
82 Pavenham 593 Village Rural
83 Stevington 581 Village Rural
84 Gravenhurst 581 Village Rural
85 Aspley Heath 573 Village Rural
86 Tempsford 564 Village Rural
87 Chalton 549 Village Rural
88 Everton 525 Village Rural
89 Sundon 507 Village Rural
90 Chalgrave 480 Village Rural
91 Whipsnade 457 Village Rural
92 Little Staughton 421 Village Rural
93 Ridgmont 418 Village Rural
94 Podington 417 Village Rural
95 Wilden 412 Village Rural
96 Hyde 402 Village Rural
97 Melchbourne and Yielden 391 Village Rural
98 Eversholt 387 Village Rural
99 Dean and Shelton 386 Village Rural
100 Colmworth 367 Village Rural
101 Tilsworth 360 Village Rural
102 Stagsden 354 Village Rural
103 Staploe 347 Village Rural
104 Brogborough 343 Village Rural
105 Roxton 322 Village Rural
106 Cardington 316 Village Rural
107 Sutton 299 Village Rural
108 Eggington 288 Village Rural
109 Bletsoe 281 Village Rural
110 Old Warden 275 Village Rural
111 Knotting and Souldrop 269 Village Rural
112 Odell 260 Village Rural
113 Steppingley 233 Village Rural
114 Pertenhall 231 Village Rural
115 Husborne Crawley 217 Village Rural
116 Hulcote and Salford 186 Village Rural
117 Swineshead 150 Village Rural
118 Tingrith 149 Village Rural
119 Milton Bryan 144 Village Rural
120 Millbrook 130 Village Rural
121 Eyeworth 86 Village Rural
122 Edworth 69 Village Rural
123 Little Barford 44 Village Rural
124 Potsgrove 44 Village Rural
125 Battlesden 37 Village Rural
126 Astwick 24 Village Rural

List of Urban areas in Bedfordshire by Population[edit]

The ONS definition of an urban area is based on the continuously built-up area, and is as follows:-

"The definition of an urban area is an extent of at least 20 hectares and at least 1,500 residents at the time of the 2001 Census. The starting point is the identification by OS (Ordnance Survey) of areas with land use which is irreversibly urban in character. This comprises permanent structures and the land on which they are situated, including land enclosed by or closely associated with such structures; transportation corridors such as roads, railways and canals which have built up land on one or both sides, or which link built-up sites which are less than 200 metres apart; transportation features such as airports and operational airfields, railway yards, motorway service areas and car parks; mine buildings, excluding mineral workings and quarries; and any area completely surrounded by builtup sites. Areas such as playing fields and golf courses are excluded unless completely surrounded by builtup sites. The prerequisite for the recognition of an urban area is that the area of urban land should extend for 20 hectares or more. Separate areas of urban land are linked if less than 200 metres apart. Land between built-up areas is not regarded as urban unless it satisfies one of the conditions listed above."[7]

According to this definition of an Urban Area Bedfordshire contains thirty one Urban Areas, most of which have populations less than 10,000 and only two have populations over 100,000.

Rank Urban Area Population 2001 Census[4] Area (km2)
1 Luton/Dunstable Urban Area 236,318 48.95
2 Bedford Urban Area 101,928 23.54
3 Leighton Buzzard 32,573 7.95
4 Flitwick/Ampthill 19,467 4.43
5 Biggleswade 15,383 3.57
6 Henlow/Shefford 12,052 6.24
7 Sandy 10,887 2.82
8 Stotfold 6,109 1.33
9 Cranfield 4,802 3.25
10 Barton in the clay 4,793 1.11
11 Arlesey 4,741 1.23
12 Bromham 4,599 1.35
13 Potton 4,473 1.01
14 Wootton 4,472 1.06
15 Toddington 4,195 1.01
16 Eaton Bray 4,139 1.13
17 Clapham 3,643 1.12
18 Caddington 3,100 0.69
19 Marston Moretaine 3,041 0.72
20 Langford 2,882 0.78
21 Oakley 2,438 0.69
22 Harlington 2,322 0.66
23 Maulden 2,256 0.61
24 Westoning 2,001 0.45
25 Wilshamstead 1,969 0.58
26 Clophill 1,882 0.60
27 Great Barford 1,864 0.59
28 Shortstown 1,745 0.87
29 Silsoe 1,729 0.61
30 Meppershall 1,549 0.57
31 Greenfield/Flitton 1,529 0.49
32 Kensworth 1,504 0.49
Total 506,385 120.36

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  6. ^ http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/statistics_and_census/idoc.ashx?docid=ed9c1ac8-7331-4382-b0e9-55cd9b37c494&version=-1
  7. ^ ONS definition of urban areas Archived 2004-07-24 at the UK Government Web Archive