List of English districts by population

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List of the 326 districts of England (English Municipalities) by population, reported in June 2016 as the 2015 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics.[1]

The list consists of the non-metropolitan districts (201), the London boroughs (32), metropolitan boroughs (36), unitary authorities (55) and those that are labelled as sui generis (2).

Map of England's districts by population

More than 500,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county English Region
1 Birmingham 1,111,307 Metropolitan borough, City 1889 West Midlands West Midlands
2 Leeds 774,060 Metropolitan borough, City 1893 West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
3 Sheffield 569,737 Metropolitan borough, City 1893 South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
4 Cornwall 549,404 Unitary authority Cornwall South West
5 Bradford 531,176 Metropolitan borough, City 1897 West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
6 Manchester 530,292 Metropolitan borough, City 1853 Greater Manchester North West
7 Co. Durham 519,695 Unitary authority County Durham North East

400,000 to 500,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county English Region
8 Wiltshire 486,093 Unitary authority Wiltshire South West
9 Liverpool 478,580 Metropolitan borough, City 1880 Merseyside North West
10 Bristol 449,328 Unitary authority, City 1542 Bristol South West
11 Kirklees 434,321 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber

300,000 to 400,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county English Region
12 Barnet 379,691 London borough Greater London London
13 Croydon 379,031 London borough Greater London London
14 Cheshire East 375,392 Unitary authority Cheshire North West
15 Coventry 345,385 Metropolitan borough, City 1345 West Midlands West Midlands
16 Ealing 343,059 London borough Greater London London
17 Leicester 342,627 Unitary authority, City 1919 Leicestershire East Midlands
18 East Riding of Yorkshire 336,685 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
19 Cheshire West and Chester 333,917 Unitary authority Cheshire North West
20 Wakefield 333,759 Metropolitan borough, City 1888 West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
21 Newham 332,817 London borough Greater London London
22 Enfield 328,433 London borough Greater London London
23 Bromley 324,857 London borough Greater London London
24 Lambeth 324,431 London borough Greater London London
25 Brent 324,012 London borough Greater London London
26 Wigan 322,022 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
27 Wirral 320,900 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
28 Sandwell 319,455 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
29 Nottingham 318,901 Unitary authority, City 1897 Nottinghamshire East Midlands
30 Dudley 316,464 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
31 Northumberland 315,263 Unitary authority Northumberland North East
32 Wandsworth 314,544 London borough Greater London London
33 Shropshire 311,380 Unitary authority Shropshire West Midlands
34 Southwark 308,901 London borough Greater London London
35 Doncaster 304,813 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber

250,000 to 300,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county English Region
36 Hillingdon 297,735 London borough Greater London London
37 Lewisham 297,325 London borough Greater London London
38 Redbridge 296,793 London borough Greater London London
39 Tower Hamlets 295,236 London borough Greater London London
40 Newcastle upon Tyne 292,883 Metropolitan borough, City 1882 Tyne and Wear North East
41 Stockport 288,733 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
42 Brighton & Hove 285,276 Unitary authority, City 2000 East Sussex South East
43 Bolton 281,619 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
44 Sunderland 277,150 Metropolitan borough, City 1992 Tyne and Wear North East
45 Medway 276,492 Unitary authority Kent South East
46 Walsall 276,095 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
47 Greenwich 274,803 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
48 South Gloucestershire 274,661 Unitary authority Gloucestershire South West
49 Central Bedfordshire 274,022 Unitary authority Bedfordshire East of England
50 Sefton 273,707 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
51 Haringey 272,864 London borough Greater London London
52 Waltham Forest 271,170 London borough Greater London London
53 Hackney 269,009 London borough Greater London London
54 Hounslow 268,770 London borough Greater London London
55 Plymouth 262,712 Unitary authority, City 1928 Devon South West
56 Milton Keynes 261,762 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire East of England
57 Rotherham 260,786 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
58 Hull 258,995 Unitary authority, City 1299 East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
59 Wolverhampton 254,406 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands West Midlands
60 Derby 254,251 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire East Midlands
61 Stoke-on-Trent 251,648 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire West Midlands

200,000 to 250,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
62 Southampton 249,537 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
63 Havering 249,085 London borough Greater London
64 Harrow 247,130 London borough Greater London
65 Salford 245,614 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
66 Westminster 242,299 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
67 Bexley 242,142 London borough Greater London
68 Camden 241,059 London borough Greater London
69 Barnsley 239,319 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
70 Trafford 233,288 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
71 Oldham 230,823 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
72 Islington 227,692 London borough Greater London
73 Northampton 222,462 Borough Northamptonshire
74 Tameside 221,692 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
75 Swindon 217,160 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
76 Luton 214,710 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
77 Rochdale 214,195 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
78 Portsmouth 211,758 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
79 Solihull 210,445 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
80 North Somerset 209,944 Unitary authority Somerset
81 Calderdale 208,402 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
82 Warrington 207,695 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
83 York 206,856 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
84 Merton 204,565 London borough Greater London
85 North Tyneside 202,494 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
86 Barking and Dagenham 201,979 London borough Greater London
87 Gateshead 200,996 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
88 Sutton 200,145 London borough Greater London

150,000 to 200,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
89 Stockton-on-Tees 194,803 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
90 Richmond upon Thames 194,730 London borough Greater London
91 Bournemouth 194,516 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
92 Peterborough 193,980 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
93 Aylesbury Vale 188,707 Buckinghamshire
94 Herefordshire 188,099 Unitary authority Herefordshire
95 Bury 187,884 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
96 Bath and North East Somerset 184,874 Unitary authority Somerset
97 Colchester 183,939 Borough Essex
98 Basildon 181,721 Borough Essex
99 Hammersmith and Fulham 179,410 London borough Greater London
100 New Forest 179,023 Hampshire
101 Southend-on-Sea 178,702 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
102 St Helens 177,612 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
103 Charnwood 176,720 Borough Leicestershire
104 Wycombe 176,028 Buckinghamshire
105 Huntingdonshire 174,966 Cambridgeshire
106 Basingstoke and Deane 173,856 Borough Hampshire
107 Kingston upon Thames 173,525 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
108 Chelmsford 172,638 City (2012) Essex
109 Telford and Wrekin 171,159 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
110 North Lincolnshire 169,820 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
111 Bedford 166,252 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
112 Thurrock 165,184 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
113 South Somerset 164,982 Somerset
114 Maidstone 164,499 Borough Kent
115 Reading 161,739 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
116 Wokingham 160,409 Unitary authority Berkshire
117 Canterbury 159,965 City (TI) Kent
118 Oxford 159,574 City (1542) Oxfordshire
119 North East Lincolnshire 159,570 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
120 Kensington and Chelsea 157,711 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
121 Harrogate 157,016 Borough North Yorkshire
122 Wealden 156,501 East Sussex
123 West Berkshire 156,020 Unitary authority Berkshire
124 Arun 155,732 West Sussex
125 South Cambridgeshire 154,888 Cambridgeshire
126 Dacorum 151,350 Borough Hertfordshire
127 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 151,013 Borough Norfolk
128 Poole 150,577 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
129 Braintree 150,360 Essex

125,000 to 150,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
130 South Tyneside 148,671 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
131 Windsor and Maidenhead 147,708 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
132 Knowsley 147,231 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
133 Blackburn with Darwen 146,846 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
134 Guildford 146,080 Borough Surrey
135 St Albans 145,797 City (1877) Hertfordshire
136 Slough 145,734 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
137 Mid Sussex 145,651 West Sussex
138 Cherwell 145,550 Oxfordshire
139 East Hertfordshire 144,719 Hertfordshire
140 Reigate and Banstead 144,100 Borough Surrey
141 Swale 142,417 Borough Kent
142 Lancaster 142,283 City (1937) Lancashire
143 Preston 141,302 City (2002) Lancashire
144 Tendring 141,183 Essex
145 Warwick 139,931 Warwickshire
146 Thanet 139,772 Kent
147 Blackpool 139,578 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
148 Middlesbrough 139,509 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
149 Isle of Wight 139,395 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
150 South Kesteven 138,909 Lincolnshire
151 Norwich 138,872 City (1195) Norfolk
152 East Devon 138,141 Devon
153 East Lindsey 137,887 Lincolnshire
154 South Oxfordshire 137,412 Oxfordshire
155 Horsham 135,868 West Sussex
156 Ipswich 135,600 Borough Suffolk
157 Breckland 135,480 Norfolk
158 Redcar and Cleveland 135,275 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
159 Torbay 133,373 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
160 Elmbridge 132,670 Borough Surrey
161 Stafford 132,488 Staffordshire
162 North Hertfordshire 131,696 Hertfordshire
163 South Norfolk 131,010 Norfolk
164 Cambridge 130,907 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
165 Epping Forest 129,677 Essex
166 Eastleigh 129,027 Borough Hampshire
167 Teignbridge 128,826 Devon
168 Exeter 127,308 City (TI) Devon
169 Gloucester 127,158 City (1541) Gloucestershire
170 Newcastle-under-Lyme 127,045 Borough Staffordshire
171 Vale of White Horse 126,663 Oxfordshire
172 Broadland 126,628 Norfolk
173 Halton 126,528 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
174 Nuneaton and Bedworth 126,319 Borough Warwickshire
175 Tonbridge and Malling 125,713 Borough Kent
176 Suffolk Coastal 125,052 Suffolk

100,000 to 125,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
177 Ashford 124,250 Borough Kent
178 Amber Valley 124,069 Borough Derbyshire
179 Ashfield 123,574 Nottinghamshire
180 Waverley 123,315 Borough Surrey
181 Havant 122,927 Borough Hampshire
182 Stratford-on-Avon 121,522 Warwickshire
183 Wychavon 121,520 Worcestershire
184 Test Valley 120,712 Borough Hampshire
185 Winchester 120,696 City (TI) Hampshire
186 Sedgemoor 120,260 Somerset
187 Welwyn Hatfield 119,016 Hertfordshire
188 Bracknell Forest 118,982 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
189 Newark and Sherwood 118,569 Nottinghamshire
190 Sevenoaks 118,409 Kent
191 East Hampshire 118,077 Hampshire
192 Chichester 116,976 West Sussex
193 Cheltenham 116,781 Borough Gloucestershire
194 Stroud 116,627 Gloucestershire
195 Tunbridge Wells 116,241 Borough Kent
196 Waveney 116,182 Suffolk
197 East Staffordshire 116,040 Borough Staffordshire
198 Gedling 115,889 Borough Nottinghamshire
199 Fareham 114,799 Borough Hampshire
200 Bassetlaw 114,533 Nottinghamshire
201 Erewash 114,510 Borough Derbyshire
202 Rushcliffe 114,474 Borough Nottinghamshire
203 Taunton Deane 114,021 Borough Somerset
204 Dover 113,228 Kent
205 Chorley 112,969 Borough Lancashire
206 West Lancashire 112,742 Lancashire
207 St Edmundsbury 112,523 Borough Suffolk
208 Broxtowe 112,253 Borough Nottinghamshire
209 North Kesteven 111,876 Lincolnshire
210 Mendip 111,724 Somerset
211 Crawley 110,864 Borough West Sussex
212 South Staffordshire 110,726 Staffordshire
213 Shepway 110,034 Kent
214 Wyre 109,745 Borough Lancashire
215 South Ribble 109,651 Borough Lancashire
216 Hinckley and Bosworth 108,769 Borough Leicestershire
217 West Oxfordshire 108,611 Oxfordshire
218 Carlisle 108,155 City (TI) Cumbria
219 Scarborough 107,902 Borough North Yorkshire
220 Worthing 107,736 Borough West Sussex
221 Mansfield 106,556 Nottinghamshire
222 Gravesham 106,299 Borough Kent
223 Darlington 105,389 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
224 Chesterfield 104,407 Borough Derbyshire
225 Dartford 103,892 Borough Kent
226 South Lakeland 103,454 Cumbria
227 Rugby 103,443 Borough Warwickshire
228 North Norfolk 103,308 Norfolk
229 Hertsmere 102,998 Borough Hertfordshire
230 Lichfield 102,706 Staffordshire
231 Eastbourne 102,465 Borough East Sussex
232 Worcester 101,328 City (1189) Worcestershire
233 West Dorset 100,747 Dorset
234 Lewes 100,693 East Sussex

75,000 to 100,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
235 North East Derbyshire 99,639 Derbyshire
236 Mid Suffolk 99,632 Suffolk
237 Wyre Forest 99,503 Worcestershire
238 Woking 99,435 Borough Surrey
239 South Derbyshire 99,319 Derbyshire
240 Fenland 99,171 Cambridgeshire
241 Great Yarmouth 98,667 Borough Norfolk
242 Cannock Chase 98,535 Staffordshire
243 Spelthorne 98,469 Borough Surrey
244 Staffordshire Moorlands 97,881 Staffordshire
245 Kettering 97,650 Borough Northamptonshire
246 North West Leicestershire 97,247 Leicestershire
247 Lincoln 97,065 City (TI) Lincolnshire
248 Allerdale 96,660 Borough Cumbria
249 Blaby 96,544 Leicestershire
250 Watford 96,403 Borough Hertfordshire
251 Broxbourne 96,217 Borough Hertfordshire
252 Bromsgrove 95,768 Worcestershire
253 Rushmoor 95,342 Borough Hampshire
254 Chiltern 94,545 Buckinghamshire
255 North Devon 94,172 Devon
256 Hart 93,912 Hampshire
257 Rother 92,908 East Sussex
258 West Lindsey 92,812 Lincolnshire
259 Hartlepool 92,493 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
260 Three Rivers 91,674 Hertfordshire
261 Hastings 91,497 Borough East Sussex
262 High Peak 91,496 Borough Derbyshire
263 South Holland 91,214 Lincolnshire
264 Pendle 90,111 Borough Lancashire
265 Hambleton 90,035 North Yorkshire
266 East Northamptonshire 89,746 Northamptonshire
267 Harborough 89,284 Leicestershire
268 Babergh 89,215 Suffolk
269 Castle Point 89,173 Borough Essex
270 South Northamptonshire 89,116 Northamptonshire
271 East Dorset 88,690 Dorset
272 Surrey Heath 88,067 Borough Surrey
273 Burnley 87,371 Borough Lancashire
274 East Cambridgeshire 87,306 Cambridgeshire
275 Tewkesbury 86,890 Borough Gloucestershire
276 Stevenage 86,469 Borough Hertfordshire
277 Mole Valley 86,104 Surrey
278 Tandridge 86,025 Surrey
279 Selby 85,961 North Yorkshire
280 Runnymede 85,594 Borough Surrey
281 Harlow 85,397 Essex
282 Cotswold 85,162 Gloucestershire
283 Rochford 85,144 Essex
284 Uttlesford 85,119 Essex
285 Redditch 84,743 Borough Worcestershire
286 Gosport 84,672 Borough Hampshire
287 Forest of Dean 84,544 Gloucestershire
288 South Hams 84,470 Devon
289 Hyndburn 80,228 Borough Lancashire
290 Daventry 80,014 Northamptonshire
291 Mid Devon 79,510 Devon
292 Epsom and Ewell 78,950 Borough Surrey
293 Bolsover 77,780 Derbyshire
294 Fylde 77,322 Borough Lancashire
295 Wellingborough 77,184 Borough Northamptonshire
296 Tamworth 77,141 Borough Staffordshire
297 Brentwood 76,057 Borough Essex
298 Malvern Hills 75,731 Worcestershire

50,000 to 75,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
299 Derbyshire Dales 71,145 Derbyshire
300 North Dorset 70,713 Dorset
301 Copeland 69,647 Borough Cumbria
302 Rossendale 69,487 Borough Lancashire
303 South Bucks 69,120 Buckinghamshire
304 Barrow-in-Furness 67,515 Borough Cumbria
305 Boston 66,902 Borough Lincolnshire
306 Corby 66,854 Borough Northamptonshire
307 Torridge 66,265 Devon
308 Weymouth and Portland 65,166 Borough Dorset
309 Forest Heath 63,691 Suffolk
310 Adur 63,429 West Sussex
311 North Warwickshire 62,787 Borough Warwickshire
312 Maldon 62,743 Essex
313 Ribble Valley 58,480 Borough Lancashire
314 Oadby and Wigston 55,833 Borough Leicestershire
315 Craven 55,801 North Yorkshire
316 West Devon 54,385 Borough Devon
317 Ryedale 53,052 North Yorkshire
318 Eden 52,565 Cumbria
319 Richmondshire 52,510 North Yorkshire
320 Melton 50,912 Borough Leicestershire

Below 50,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
321 Christchurch 49,057 Borough Dorset
322 Purbeck 46,212 Dorset
323 Rutland 38,046 Unitary authority Rutland
324 West Somerset 34,403 Somerset
325 City of London 8,760 City (TI), sui generis City of London
326 Isles of Scilly 2,324 sui generis Cornwall

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