List of English districts by population

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List of the 314 districts of England (English Municipalities) ordered by population, according to estimated figures for 2019 from the Office for National Statistics.[1]

The list consists of the non-metropolitan districts (188), the London boroughs (32), metropolitan boroughs (36), unitary authorities (55) and those that are labelled as sui generis (2).

Map of England's districts
2011 RUCLAD Assignments in England[2]
Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county English Region
More than 1,000,000 inhabitants
1 Birmingham 1,141,816 Metropolitan borough, City 1889 West Midlands West Midlands
More than 500,000 inhabitants
2 Leeds 793,139 Metropolitan borough, City 1893 West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
3 Sheffield 584,853 Metropolitan borough, City 1893 South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
4 Cornwall 569,578 Unitary authority Cornwall South West
5 Manchester 552,858 Metropolitan borough, City 1853 Greater Manchester North West
6 Buckinghamshire 543,973 Unitary authority Buckinghamshire South East
7 Bradford 539,776 Unitary authority, City 1897 West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
8 County Durham 530,094 Unitary authority County Durham North East
9 Wiltshire 500,024 Unitary authority Wiltshire South West
400,000 to 500,000 inhabitants
10 Liverpool 498,042 Metropolitan borough, City 1880 Merseyside North West
11 Bristol 463,377 Unitary authority, City 1542 Bristol South West
12 Kirklees 439,787 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
300,000 to 400,000 inhabitants
13 Barnet 395,869 London borough Greater London London
14 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 395,331 Unitary authority Dorset South West
15 Croydon 386,710 London borough Greater London London
16 Cheshire East 384,152 Unitary authority Cheshire North West
17 Dorset 378,508 Unitary authority Dorset South West
18 Coventry 371,521 Metropolitan borough, City 1345 West Midlands West Midlands
19 Leicester 354,224 Unitary authority, City 1919 Leicestershire East Midlands
20 Newham 353,134 London borough Greater London London
21 Wakefield 348,312 Metropolitan borough, City 1888 West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
22 Cheshire West and Chester 343,071 Unitary authority Cheshire North West
23 Ealing 341,806 London borough Greater London London
24 East Riding of Yorkshire 341,173 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
25 Enfield 333,794 London borough Greater London London
26 Nottingham 332,900 Unitary authority, City 1897 Nottinghamshire East Midlands
27 Bromley 332,336 London borough Greater London London
28 Brent 329,771 London borough Greater London London
29 Wandsworth 329,677 London borough Greater London London
30 Wigan 328,662 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
31 Sandwell 328,450 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
32 Lambeth 326,034 London borough Greater London London
33 Tower Hamlets 324,745 London borough Greater London London
34 Wirral 324,011 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
35 Shropshire 323,136 Unitary authority Shropshire West Midlands
36 Northumberland 322,434 Unitary authority Northumberland North East
37 Dudley 321,596 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
38 Southwark 318,830 London borough Greater London London
39 Doncaster 311,890 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
40 Hillingdon 306,870 London borough Greater London London
41 Lewisham 305,842 London borough Greater London London
42 Redbridge 305,222 London borough Greater London London
43 Newcastle upon Tyne 302,820 Metropolitan borough, City 1882 Tyne and Wear North East
250,000 to 300,000 inhabitants
44 Stockport 293,423 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
45 Brighton & Hove 290,885 Unitary authority, City 2000 East Sussex South East
46 Central Bedfordshire 288,648 Unitary authority Bedfordshire East of England
47 Greenwich 287,942 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
48 Bolton 287,550 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
49 Walsall 285,478 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
50 South Gloucestershire 285,093 Unitary authority Gloucestershire South West
51 Hackney 281,120 London borough Greater London London
52 Medway 278,556 Unitary authority Kent South East
53 Sunderland 277,705 Metropolitan borough, City 1992 Tyne and Wear North East
54 Waltham Forest 276,983 London borough Greater London London
55 Sefton 276,410 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
56 Hounslow 271,523 London borough Greater London London
57 Camden 270,029 London borough Greater London London
58 Milton Keynes 269,457 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire South East
59 Haringey 268,647 London borough Greater London London
60 Rotherham 265,411 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
61 Wolverhampton 263,357 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands West Midlands
62 Plymouth 262,100 Unitary authority, City 1928 Devon South West
63 Westminster 261,317 London borough, City (1540) Greater London London
64 Hull 259,778 Unitary authority, City 1299 East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
65 Havering 259,552 London borough Greater London London
66 Salford 258,834 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester North West
67 Derby 257,302 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire East Midlands
68 Stoke-on-Trent 256,375 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire West Midlands
69 Southampton 252,520 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire South East
70 Harrow 251,160 London borough Greater London London
200,000 to 250,000
71 East Suffolk 249,461 Suffolk East of England
72 Bexley 248,287 London borough Greater London London
73 Barnsley 246,866 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
74 Islington 242,467 London borough Greater London London
75 Trafford 237,354 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
76 Oldham 237,110 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
77 Tameside 226,493 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
78 Northampton 224,610 Borough Northamptonshire East Midlands
79 Rochdale 222,412 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
80 Swindon 222,193 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire South West
81 Solihull 216,374 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
82 North Somerset 215,052 Unitary authority Somerset South West
83 Portsmouth 214,905 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire South East
84 Luton 213,052 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire East of England
85 Barking and Dagenham 212,906 London borough Greater London London
86 Calderdale 211,455 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
87 York 210,618 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
88 Warrington 210,014 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire North West
89 North Tyneside 207,913 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear North East
90 Merton 206,548 London borough Greater London London
91 Sutton 206,349 London borough Greater London London
92 Peterborough 202,259 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire East of England
93 Gateshead 202,055 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear North East
150,000 to 200,000
94 Richmond upon Thames 198,019 London borough Greater London London
95 Stockton-on-Tees 197,348 Unitary authority, Borough County Durham and
North Yorkshire
North East
96 Colchester 194,706 Borough Essex East of England
97 Bath and North East Somerset 193,282 Unitary authority Somerset South West
98 Herefordshire 192,801 Unitary authority Herefordshire West Midlands
99 Bury 190,990 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
100 Basildon 187,199 Borough Essex East of England
101 Charnwood 185,851 Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
102 Hammersmith and Fulham 185,143 London borough Greater London London
103 Southend-on-Sea 183,125 Unitary authority, Borough Essex East of England
104 St Helens 180,585 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
105 New Forest 180,086 Hampshire South East
106 Telford and Wrekin 179,854 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire West Midlands
107 West Suffolk 179,045 Suffolk East of England
108 Chelmsford 178,388 City (2012) Essex East of England
109 Huntingdonshire 177,963 Cambridgeshire East of England
110 Kingston upon Thames 177,507 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
111 Basingstoke and Deane 176,582 Borough Hampshire South East
112 Thurrock 174,341 Unitary authority, Borough Essex East of England
113 Bedford 173,292 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire East of England
114 North Lincolnshire 172,292 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire Yorkshire and the Humber
115 Maidstone 171,826 Borough Kent South East
116 Wokingham 171,119 Unitary authority Berkshire South East
117 South Somerset 168,345 Somerset South West
118 Canterbury 165,394 City (TI) Kent South East
119 Reading 161,780 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire South East
120 Wealden 161,475 East Sussex South East
121 Harrogate 160,831 Borough North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
122 Arun 160,758 West Sussex South East
123 North East Lincolnshire 159,563 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire Yorkshire and the Humber
124 South Cambridgeshire 159,086 Cambridgeshire East of England
125 West Berkshire 158,450 Unitary authority Berkshire South East
126 Kensington and Chelsea 156,129 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
127 Somerset West and Taunton 155,115 Somerset South West
128 Dacorum 154,763 Borough Hertfordshire East of England
129 Braintree 152,604 Essex East of England
130 Oxford 152,457 City (1542) Oxfordshire South East
131 Windsor and Maidenhead 151,422 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire South East
132 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 151,383 Borough Norfolk East of England
133 Mid Sussex 151,022 West Sussex South East
134 South Tyneside 150,976 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear North East
135 Knowsley 150,862 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
136 Cherwell 150,503 Oxfordshire South East
137 Swale 150,082 Borough Kent South East
125,000 to 150,000
138 East Hertfordshire 149,748 Hertfordshire East of England
139 Blackburn with Darwen 149,696 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire North West
140 Slough 149,539 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire South East
141 Guildford 148,998 Borough Surrey South East
142 Reigate and Banstead 148,748 Borough Surrey South East
143 St Albans 148,452 City (1877) Hertfordshire East of England
144 Tendring 146,561 Essex East of England
145 East Devon 146,284 Devon South West
146 Lancaster 146,038 City (1937) Lancashire North West
147 Horsham 143,791 West Sussex South East
148 Warwick 143,753 Warwickshire West Midlands
149 Preston 143,135 City (2002) Lancashire North West
150 South Kesteven 142,424 Lincolnshire East Midlands
151 South Oxfordshire 142,057 Oxfordshire South East
152 Thanet 141,922 Kent South East
153 Isle of Wight 141,771 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight South East
154 East Lindsey 141,727 Lincolnshire East Midlands
155 Middlesbrough 140,980 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire North East
156 South Norfolk 140,880 Norfolk East of England
157 Norwich 140,573 City (1195) Norfolk East of England
158 Breckland 139,968 Norfolk East of England
159 Blackpool 139,446 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire North West
160 Stafford 137,280 Staffordshire West Midlands
161 Redcar and Cleveland 137,150 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire North East
162 Ipswich 136,913 Borough Suffolk East of England
163 Elmbridge 136,795 Borough Surrey South East
164 Torbay 136,264 Unitary authority, Borough Devon South West
165 Vale of White Horse 136,007 Oxfordshire South East
166 Teignbridge 134,163 Devon South West
167 Eastleigh 133,584 Borough Hampshire South East
168 North Hertfordshire 133,570 Hertfordshire East of England
169 Tonbridge and Malling 132,153 Borough Kent South East
170 Epping Forest 131,689 Essex East of England
171 Exeter 131,405 City (TI) Devon South West
172 Broadland 130,783 Norfolk East of England
173 Stratford-on-Avon 130,098 Warwickshire West Midlands
174 Ashford 130,032 Borough Kent South East
175 Nuneaton and Bedworth 129,883 Borough Warwickshire West Midlands
176 Newcastle-under-Lyme 129,441 Borough Staffordshire West Midlands
177 Wychavon 129,433 Worcestershire West Midlands
178 Halton 129,410 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire North West
179 Gloucester 129,128 City (1541) Gloucestershire South West
180 Amber Valley 128,147 Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
181 Ashfield 127,918 Nottinghamshire East Midlands
182 Waverley 126,328 Borough Surrey South East
183 Havant 126,220 Borough Hampshire South East
184 Test Valley 126,160 Borough Hampshire South East
100,000 to 125,000
185 Winchester 124,859 City (TI) Hampshire South East
186 Cambridge 124,798 City (1951) Cambridgeshire East of England
187 Sedgemoor 123,178 Somerset South West
188 Welwyn Hatfield 123,043 Hertfordshire East of England
189 Bracknell Forest 122,549 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire South East
190 Newark and Sherwood 122,421 Nottinghamshire East Midlands
191 East Hampshire 122,308 Hampshire South East
192 Chichester 121,129 Non-metropolitan district West Sussex South East
193 Sevenoaks 120,750 Kent South East
194 Stroud 119,964 Gloucestershire South West
195 East Staffordshire 119,754 Borough Staffordshire West Midlands
196 Rushcliffe 119,184 Borough Nottinghamshire East Midlands
197 Tunbridge Wells 118,724 Borough Kent South East
198 Chorley 118,216 Borough Lancashire North West
199 Dover 118,131 Kent South East
200 Gedling 117,896 Borough Nottinghamshire East Midlands
201 Bassetlaw 117,459 Nottinghamshire East Midlands
202 North Kesteven 116,915 Lincolnshire East Midlands
203 Cheltenham 116,306 Borough Gloucestershire South West
204 Fareham 116,233 Borough Hampshire South East
205 Mendip 115,587 Somerset South West
206 Erewash 115,371 Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
207 West Lancashire 114,306 Lancashire North West
208 Broxtowe 114,033 Borough Nottinghamshire East Midlands
209 Hinckley and Bosworth 113,136 Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
210 Folkestone and Hythe 112,996 Kent South East
211 Dartford 112,606 Borough Kent South East
212 South Staffordshire 112,436 Staffordshire West Midlands
213 Crawley 112,409 Borough West Sussex South East
214 Wyre 112,091 Borough Lancashire North West
215 South Ribble 110,788 Borough Lancashire North West
216 West Oxfordshire 110,643 Oxfordshire South East
217 Worthing 110,570 Borough West Sussex South East
218 Mansfield 109,313 Nottinghamshire East Midlands
219 Rugby 108,935 Borough Warwickshire West Midlands
220 Scarborough 108,757 Borough North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
221 Carlisle 108,678 City (TI) Cumbria North West
222 South Derbyshire 107,261 Derbyshire East Midlands
223 Gravesham 106,939 Borough Kent South East
224 Darlington 106,803 Unitary authority, Borough County Durham North East
225 South Lakeland 105,088 Cumbria North West
226 Hertsmere 104,919 Borough Hertfordshire East of England
227 Chesterfield 104,900 Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
228 North Norfolk 104,837 Norfolk East of England
229 Lichfield 104,756 Staffordshire West Midlands
230 Mid Suffolk 103,895 Suffolk East of England
231 Eastbourne 103,745 Borough East Sussex South East
232 North West Leicestershire 103,611 Leicestershire East Midlands
233 Lewes 103,268 East Sussex South East
234 Fenland 101,850 Cambridgeshire East of England
235 Kettering 101,776 Borough Northamptonshire East Midlands
236 Blaby 101,526 Leicestershire East Midlands
237 North East Derbyshire 101,462 Derbyshire East Midlands
238 Wyre Forest 101,291 Worcestershire West Midlands
239 Worcester 101,222 City (1189) Worcestershire West Midlands
240 Woking 100,793 Borough Surrey South East
241 Cannock Chase 100,762 Staffordshire West Midlands
75,000 to 100,000
242 Bromsgrove 99,881 Worcestershire West Midlands
243 Spelthorne 99,844 Borough Surrey South East
244 Great Yarmouth 99,336 Borough Norfolk East of England
245 Lincoln 99,299 City (TI) Lincolnshire East Midlands
246 Staffordshire Moorlands 98,435 Staffordshire West Midlands
247 Allerdale 97,761 Borough Cumbria North West
248 Broxbourne 97,279 Borough Hertfordshire East of England
249 North Devon 97,145 Devon South West
250 Hart 97,073 Hampshire South East
251 Watford 96,577 Borough Hertfordshire East of England
252 Rother 96,080 East Sussex South East
253 West Lindsey 95,667 Lincolnshire East Midlands
254 South Holland 95,019 Lincolnshire East Midlands
254 Tewkesbury 95,019 Borough Gloucestershire South West
256 Rushmoor 94,599 Borough Hampshire South East
257 East Northamptonshire 94,527 Northamptonshire East Midlands
258 South Northamptonshire 94,490 Northamptonshire East Midlands
259 Harborough 93,807 Leicestershire East Midlands
260 Hartlepool 93,663 Unitary authority, Borough County Durham North East
261 Three Rivers 93,323 Hertfordshire East of England
262 High Peak 92,666 Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
263 Hastings 92,661 Borough East Sussex South East
264 Pendle 92,112 Borough Lancashire North West
265 Babergh 92,036 Suffolk East of England
266 Hambleton 91,594 North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
267 Uttlesford 91,284 Essex East of England
268 Selby 90,620 North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
269 Castle Point 90,376 Borough Essex East of England
270 Cotswold 89,862 Gloucestershire South West
271 East Cambridgeshire 89,840 Cambridgeshire East of England
272 Runnymede 89,424 Borough Surrey South East
273 Surrey Heath 89,305 Borough Surrey South East
274 Burnley 88,920 Borough Lancashire North West
275 Tandridge 88,129 Surrey South East
276 Stevenage 87,845 Borough Hertfordshire East of England
277 Rochford 87,368 Essex East of England
278 Mole Valley 87,245 Surrey South East
279 Harlow 87,067 Essex East of England
280 South Hams 87,004 Devon South West
281 Forest of Dean 86,791 Gloucestershire South West
282 Daventry 85,950 Northamptonshire East Midlands
283 Redditch 85,261 Borough Worcestershire West Midlands
284 Gosport 84,838 Borough Hampshire South East
285 Mid Devon 82,311 Devon South West
286 Hyndburn 81,043 Borough Lancashire North West
287 Fylde 80,780 Borough Lancashire North West
288 Epsom and Ewell 80,627 Borough Surrey South East
289 Bolsover 80,562 Derbyshire East Midlands
290 Wellingborough 79,707 Borough Northamptonshire East Midlands
291 Malvern Hills 78,698 Worcestershire West Midlands
292 Brentwood 77,021 Borough Essex East of England
293 Tamworth 76,696 Borough Staffordshire West Midlands
50,000 to 75,000
294 Derbyshire Dales 72,325 Derbyshire East Midlands
295 Corby 72,218 Borough Northamptonshire East Midlands
296 Rossendale 71,482 Borough Lancashire North West
297 Boston 70,173 Borough Lincolnshire East Midlands
298 Torridge 68,267 Devon South West
299 Copeland 68,183 Borough Cumbria North West
300 Barrow-in-Furness 67,049 Borough Cumbria North West
301 North Warwickshire 65,264 Borough Warwickshire West Midlands
302 Maldon 64,926 Essex East of England
303 Adur 64,301 West Sussex South East
304 Ribble Valley 60,888 Borough Lancashire North West
305 Craven 57,142 North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
306 Oadby and Wigston 57,015 Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
307 West Devon 55,796 Borough Devon South West
308 Ryedale 55,380 North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
309 Richmondshire 53,730 North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
310 Eden 53,253 Cumbria North West
311 Melton 51,209 Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
Below 50,000
312 Rutland 39,927 Unitary authority Rutland East Midlands
313 City of London 9,721 City (TI), sui generis City of London London
314 Isles of Scilly 2,224 sui generis Cornwall South West

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2019". Office for National Statistics. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  2. ^ "2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority Districts and Similar Geographic Units in England: A User Guide" (PDF).