List of English districts by population

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List of the 326 districts of England (English Municipalities) by population, reported in June 2015 as the 2014 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).

More than 500,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county Historic county
[citation needed]
English Region
1 Birmingham 1,101,360 Metropolitan borough, City 1889 West Midlands Warwickshire West Midlands
2 Leeds 766,399 Metropolitan borough, City 1893 West Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
3 Sheffield 563,749 Metropolitan borough, City 1893 South Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
4 Cornwall 545,335 Unitary authority Cornwall Cornwall South West
5 Bradford 528,155 Metropolitan borough, City 1897 West Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
6 Manchester 520,215 Metropolitan borough, City 1853 Greater Manchester Lancashire, Cheshire North West
7 Co. Durham 517,773 Unitary authority County Durham County Durham North East

400,000 to 500,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county Historic county
[citation needed]
English Region
8 Wiltshire 483,143 Unitary authority Wiltshire Wiltshire South West
9 Liverpool 473,073 Metropolitan borough, City 1880 Merseyside Lancashire North West
10 Bristol 442,474 Unitary authority, City 1542 Bristol Gloucestershire South West
11 Kirklees 431,020 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber

300,000 to 400,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county Historic county
[citation needed]
English Region
12 Croydon 376,040 London borough Greater London Surrey London
13 Barnet 374,915 London borough Greater London Middlesex London
14 Cheshire East 374,179 Unitary authority Cheshire Cheshire North West
15 Ealing 342,118 London borough Greater London Middlesex London
16 Leicester 337,653 Unitary authority, City 1919 Leicestershire Leicestershire East Midlands
17 Coventry 337,428 Metropolitan borough, City 1345 West Midlands Warwickshire West Midlands
18 East Riding of Yorkshire 337,115 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
19 Cheshire West and Chester 332,210 Unitary authority Cheshire Cheshire North West
20 Wakefield 331,379 Metropolitan borough, City 1888 West Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
21 Enfield 324,574 London borough Greater London Middlesex London
22 Newham 324,322 London borough Greater London Essex London
23 Bromley 321,278 London borough Greater London Kent London
24 Wigan 320,975 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester Lancashire North West
25 Wirral 320,914 Metropolitan borough Merseyside Cheshire North West
26 Brent 320,762 London borough Greater London Middlesex London
27 Lambeth 318,216 London borough Greater London Surrey London
28 Sandwell 316,719 Metropolitan borough West Midlands Staffordshire & Worcestershire West Midlands
29 Northumberland 315,987 Unitary authority Northumberland Northumberland North East
30 Dudley 315,799 Metropolitan borough West Midlands Worcestershire West Midlands
31 Nottingham 314,268 Unitary authority, City 1897 Nottinghamshire Nottinghamshire East Midlands
32 Wandsworth 312,145 London borough Greater London Surrey London
33 Shropshire 310,121 Unitary authority Shropshire Salop West Midlands
34 Doncaster 304,185 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
35 Southwark 302,538 London borough Greater London Surrey London

250,000 to 300,000 inhabitants[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county Historic county
[citation needed]
English Region
36 Redbridge 293,055 London borough Greater London Essex London
37 Hillingdon 292,690 London borough Greater London Middlesex London
38 Lewisham 291,933 London borough Greater London Kent London
39 Newcastle upon Tyne 289,835 Metropolitan borough, City 1882 Tyne and Wear Northumberland North East
40 Stockport 286,755 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire[2] North West
41 Tower Hamlets 284,015 London borough Greater London Essex London
42 Brighton & Hove 281,076 Unitary authority, City 2000 East Sussex Sussex South East
43 Bolton 280,439 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester Lancashire North West
44 Sunderland 276,889 Metropolitan borough, City 1992 Tyne and Wear Co. Durham North East
45 Walsall 274,173 Metropolitan borough West Midlands Staffordshire West Midlands
46 Medway 274,015 Unitary authority Kent Kent South East
47 Sefton 273,531 Metropolitan borough Merseyside Lancashire North West
48 South Gloucestershire 271,556 Unitary authority Gloucestershire Gloucestershire South West
49 Central Bedfordshire 269,076 Unitary authority Bedfordshire Bedfordshire East of England
50 Greenwich 268,678 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London Kent London
51 Waltham Forest 268,020 London borough Greater London Essex London
52 Haringey 267,541 London borough Greater London Surrey London
53 Hounslow 265,568 London borough Greater London Surrey London
54 Hackney 263,150 London borough Greater London
55 Plymouth 261,546 Unitary authority, City 1928 Devon Devon South West
56 Rotherham 260,070 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire West Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
57 Milton Keynes 259,245 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
58 Hull 257,710 Unitary authority, City 1299 East Riding of Yorkshire East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
59 Wolverhampton 252,987 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
60 Derby 252,463 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
61 Stoke-on-Trent 251,027 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire

200,000 to 250,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
62 Harrow 246,011 London borough Greater London
63 Havering 245,974 London borough Greater London
64 Southampton 245,290 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
65 Salford 242,040 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
66 Bexley 239,865 London borough Greater London
67 Barnsley 237,843 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
68 Camden 234,846 London borough Greater London
69 Westminster 233,292 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
70 Trafford 232,458 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
71 Oldham 228,765 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
72 Islington 221,030 London borough Greater London
73 Tameside 220,771 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
74 Northampton 219,495 Borough Northamptonshire
75 Swindon 215,799 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
76 Rochdale 212,962 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
77 Luton 210,962 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
78 Solihull 209,890 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
79 Portsmouth 209,085 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
80 North Somerset 208,154 Unitary authority Somerset
81 Calderdale 207,376 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
82 Warrington 206,428 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
83 York 204,439 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
84 Merton 203,515 London borough Greater London
85 North Tyneside 202,744 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
86 Gateshead 200,505 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear

150,000 to 200,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
87 Barking and Dagenham 198,294 London borough Greater London
88 Sutton 198,134 London borough Greater London
89 Stockton-on-Tees 194,119 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
90 Richmond upon Thames 193,585 London borough Greater London
91 Bournemouth 191,390 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
92 Peterborough 190,461 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
93 Bury 187,474 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
94 Herefordshire 187,160 Unitary authority Herefordshire
95 Aylesbury Vale 184,560 Buckinghamshire
96 Bath and North East Somerset 182,021 Unitary authority Somerset
97 Basildon 180,521 Borough Essex
98 Colchester 180,420 Borough Essex
99 New Forest 178,907 Hampshire
100 Hammersmith and Fulham 178,365 London borough Greater London
101 Southend-on-Sea 177,931 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
102 St Helens 177,188 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
103 Wycombe 174,878 Buckinghamshire
104 Huntingdonshire 173,605 Cambridgeshire
105 Charnwood 173,545 Borough Leicestershire
106 Basingstoke and Deane 172,870 Borough Hampshire
107 Chelmsford 171,633 City (2012) Essex
108 Kingston upon Thames 169,958 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
109 Telford and Wrekin 169,440 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
110 North Lincolnshire 169,247 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
111 South Somerset 164,569 Somerset
112 Bedford 163,924 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
113 Thurrock 163,270 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
114 Maidstone 161,819 Borough Kent
115 Reading 160,825 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
116 North East Lincolnshire 159,804 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
117 Wokingham 159,097 Unitary authority Berkshire
118 Oxford 157,997 City (1542) Oxfordshire
119 Canterbury 157,649 City (TI) Kent
120 Harrogate 157,267 Borough North Yorkshire
121 Kensington and Chelsea 156,190 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
122 West Berkshire 155,732 Unitary authority Berkshire
123 Wealden 154,767 East Sussex
124 Arun 154,414 West Sussex
125 South Cambridgeshire 153,281 Cambridgeshire
126 Poole 150,109 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
127 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 150,026 Borough Norfolk

125,000 to 150,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
128 Braintree 149,985 Essex
129 Dacorum 149,741 Borough Hertfordshire
130 South Tyneside 148,740 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
131 Windsor and Maidenhead 147,400 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
132 Blackburn with Darwen 146,743 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
133 Knowsley 146,407 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
134 St Albans 144,834 City (1877) Hertfordshire
135 Slough 144,575 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
136 Cherwell 144,494 Oxfordshire
137 Mid Sussex 144,377 West Sussex
138 Reigate and Banstead 143,094 Borough Surrey
139 East Hertfordshire 143,021 Hertfordshire
140 Guildford 142,958 Borough Surrey
141 Lancaster 141,277 City (1937) Lancashire
142 Swale 140,836 Borough Kent
143 Blackpool 140,501 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
144 Preston 140,452 City (2002) Lancashire
145 Tendring 139,916 Essex
146 Warwick 139,396 Warwickshire
147 Middlesbrough 139,119 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
148 Isle of Wight 139,105 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
149 Thanet 138,410 Kent
150 South Kesteven 137,981 Lincolnshire
151 East Lindsey 137,623 Lincolnshire
152 Norwich 137,472 City (1195) Norfolk
153 South Oxfordshire 137,015 Oxfordshire
154 East Devon 136,374 Devon
155 Redcar and Cleveland 135,042 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
156 Ipswich 134,966 Borough Suffolk
157 Horsham 134,158 West Sussex
158 Breckland 133,986 Norfolk
159 Torbay 132,984 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
160 Elmbridge 132,769 Borough Surrey
161 Stafford 132,241 Staffordshire
162 North Hertfordshire 131,046 Hertfordshire
163 South Norfolk 129,226 Norfolk
164 Eastleigh 128,877 Borough Hampshire
165 Epping Forest 128,777 Essex
166 Cambridge 128,515 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
167 Teignbridge 127,357 Devon
168 Halton 126,354 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
169 Nuneaton and Bedworth 126,174 Borough Warwickshire
170 Newcastle-under-Lyme 126,052 Borough Staffordshire
171 Broadland 125,961 Norfolk
172 Gloucester 125,649 City (1541) Gloucestershire

100,000 to 125,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
173 Vale of White Horse 124,852 Oxfordshire
174 Suffolk Coastal 124,776 Suffolk
175 Tonbridge and Malling 124,426 Borough Kent
176 Exeter 124,328 City (TI) Devon
177 Amber Valley 123,942 Borough Derbyshire
178 Ashford 123,285 Borough Kent
179 Waverley 122,860 Borough Surrey
180 Ashfield 122,508 Nottinghamshire
181 Havant 122,210 Borough Hampshire
182 Stratford-on-Avon 121,056 Warwickshire
183 Wychavon 119,752 Worcestershire
184 Test Valley 119,332 Borough Hampshire
185 Winchester 119,218 City (TI) Hampshire
186 Sedgemoor 119,057 Somerset
187 Bracknell Forest 118,025 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
188 Sevenoaks 117,811 Kent
189 Newark and Sherwood 117,758 Nottinghamshire
190 East Hampshire 117,483 Hampshire
191 Cheltenham 116,495 Borough Gloucestershire
192 Tunbridge Wells 116,105 Borough Kent
193 Welwyn Hatfield 116,024 Hertfordshire
194 Waveney 115,919 Suffolk
195 East Staffordshire 115,663 Borough Staffordshire
196 Gedling 115,638 Borough Nottinghamshire
197 Chichester 115,527 West Sussex
198 Stroud 115,093 Gloucestershire
199 Fareham 114,331 Borough Hampshire
200 Bassetlaw 114,143 Nottinghamshire
201 Erewash 114,048 Borough Derbyshire
202 Rushcliffe 113,670 Borough Nottinghamshire
203 Dover 113,066 Kent
204 Taunton Deane 112,817 Borough Somerset
205 St Edmundsbury 112,073 Borough Suffolk
206 West Lancashire 111,940 Lancashire
207 Broxtowe 111,780 Borough Nottinghamshire
208 Chorley 111,607 Borough Lancashire
209 North Kesteven 111,046 Lincolnshire
210 Mendip 110,844 Somerset
211 South Staffordshire 110,692 Staffordshire
212 Crawley 109,883 Borough West Sussex
213 Shepway 109,452 Kent
214 South Ribble 109,077 Borough Lancashire
215 Wyre 108,742 Borough Lancashire
216 West Oxfordshire 108,158 Oxfordshire
217 Carlisle 108,022 City (TI) Cumbria
218 Scarborough 108,006 Borough North Yorkshire
219 Hinckley and Bosworth 107,722 Borough Leicestershire
220 Worthing 106,863 Borough West Sussex
221 Mansfield 105,893 Nottinghamshire
222 Darlington 105,367 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
223 Gravesham 105,261 Borough Kent
224 Chesterfield 104,288 Borough Derbyshire
225 South Lakeland 103,271 Cumbria
226 North Norfolk 102,867 Norfolk
227 Rugby 102,500 Borough Warwickshire
228 Hertsmere 102,427 Borough Hertfordshire
229 Dartford 102,234 Borough Kent
230 Lichfield 102,093 Staffordshire
231 Eastbourne 101,547 Borough East Sussex
232 Worcester 100,842 City (1189) Worcestershire
233 West Dorset 100,474 Dorset
234 Lewes 100,229 East Sussex

75,000 to 100,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
235 Woking 99,426 Borough Surrey
236 North East Derbyshire 99,352 Derbyshire
237 Mid Suffolk 99,121 Suffolk
238 Wyre Forest 98,960 Worcestershire
239 Cannock Chase 98,549 Staffordshire
240 South Derbyshire 98,374 Derbyshire
241 Great Yarmouth 98,172 Borough Norfolk
242 Spelthorne 98,106 Borough Surrey
243 Staffordshire Moorlands 97,763 Staffordshire
244 Fenland 97,732 Cambridgeshire
245 Kettering 96,945 Borough Northamptonshire
246 Allerdale 96,471 Borough Cumbria
247 Lincoln 96,202 City (TI) Lincolnshire
248 North West Leicestershire 95,882 Leicestershire
249 Blaby 95,851 Leicestershire
250 Broxbourne 95,748 Borough Hertfordshire
251 Watford 95,505 Borough Hertfordshire
252 Bromsgrove 95,485 Worcestershire
253 Rushmoor 95,296 Borough Hampshire
254 North Devon 94,059 Devon
255 Chiltern 93,972 Buckinghamshire
256 Hart 93,325 Hampshire
257 Hartlepool 92,590 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
258 Rother 92,130 East Sussex
259 West Lindsey 91,787 Lincolnshire
260 High Peak 91,364 Borough Derbyshire
261 Hastings 91,093 Borough East Sussex
262 Three Rivers 90,423 Hertfordshire
263 South Holland 90,419 Lincolnshire
264 Pendle 89,840 Borough Lancashire
265 Hambleton 89,828 North Yorkshire
266 Castle Point 88,907 Borough Essex
267 East Northamptonshire 88,872 Northamptonshire
268 Babergh 88,845 Suffolk
269 East Dorset 88,186 Dorset
270 South Northamptonshire 88,164 Northamptonshire
271 Harborough 88,008 Leicestershire
272 Surrey Heath 87,533 Borough Surrey
273 Burnley 87,291 Borough Lancashire
274 East Cambridgeshire 86,685 Cambridgeshire
275 Mole Valley 86,234 Surrey
276 Stevenage 85,997 Borough Hertfordshire
277 Tewkesbury 85,784 Borough Gloucestershire
278 Tandridge 85,374 Surrey
279 Selby 85,355 North Yorkshire
280 Rochford 84,776 Essex
281 Cotswold 84,637 Gloucestershire
282 Runnymede 84,584 Borough Surrey
283 Harlow 84,564 Essex
284 Redditch 84,471 Borough Worcestershire
285 Gosport 84,287 Borough Hampshire
286 South Hams 84,108 Devon
287 Uttlesford 84,042 Essex
288 Forest of Dean 83,674 Gloucestershire
289 Hyndburn 80,208 Borough Lancashire
290 Mid Devon 79,198 Devon
291 Daventry 79,036 Northamptonshire
292 Epsom and Ewell 78,318 Borough Surrey
293 Bolsover 77,155 Derbyshire
294 Tamworth 77,112 Borough Staffordshire
295 Fylde 77,042 Borough Lancashire
296 Wellingborough 76,446 Borough Northamptonshire

50,000 to 75,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
297 Malvern Hills 75,911 Worcestershire
298 Brentwood 75,645 Borough Essex
299 Derbyshire Dales 71,281 Derbyshire
300 North Dorset 70,043 Dorset
301 Copeland 69,832 Borough Cumbria
302 Rossendale 69,168 Borough Lancashire
303 South Bucks 68,512 Buckinghamshire
304 Barrow-in-Furness 67,648 Borough Cumbria
305 Boston 66,458 Borough Lincolnshire
306 Torridge 65,618 Devon
307 Corby 65,434 Borough Northamptonshire
308 Weymouth and Portland 64,992 Borough Dorset
309 Adur 63,176 West Sussex
310 Forest Heath 62,812 Suffolk
311 Maldon 62,767 Essex
312 North Warwickshire 62,468 Borough Warwickshire
313 Ribble Valley 58,091 Borough Lancashire
314 Oadby and Wigston 55,928 Borough Leicestershire
315 Craven 55,696 North Yorkshire
316 West Devon 54,260 Borough Devon
317 Richmondshire 52,729 North Yorkshire
318 Ryedale 52,655 North Yorkshire
319 Eden 52,630 Cumbria
320 Melton 50,969 Borough Leicestershire

Below 50,000[edit]

Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county
321 Christchurch 48,895 Borough Dorset
322 Purbeck 45,679 Dorset
323 Rutland 38,022 Unitary authority Rutland
324 West Somerset 34,322 Somerset
325 City of London 8,072 City (TI), sui generis City of London
326 Isles of Scilly 2,280 sui generis Cornwall

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2014". Office for National Statistics. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Arrowsmith, Peter (1997). Stockport: a History. Stockport: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. ISBN 0-905164-99-7.