List of English districts by population density

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This is a list of the districts of England ordered by population density, based on population estimates for mid-2019 est. from the Office for National Statistics. The densities are calculated by dividing the latest Population Estimate[1] by the Standard Area Measurement.[2]

Rank District Density
(per km2)
Type of district Ceremonial county
1 Tower Hamlets 15,703 London borough Greater London
2 Islington 14,575 London borough Greater London
3 Hackney 13,593 London borough Greater London
4 Lambeth 11,839 London borough Greater London
5 Kensington and Chelsea 11,817 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
6 Hammersmith and Fulham 11,161 London borough Greater London
7 Southwark 10,659 London borough Greater London
8 Newham 9,690 London borough Greater London
9 Camden 9,641 London borough Greater London
10 Wandsworth 9,560 London borough Greater London
11 Westminster 9,514 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
12 Haringey 8,930 London borough Greater London
13 Lewisham 8,552 London borough Greater London
14 Brent 7,860 London borough Greater London
15 Waltham Forest 7,173 London borough Greater London
16 Ealing 6,612 London borough Greater London
17 Greenwich 6,109 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
18 Barking and Dagenham 6,066 London borough Greater London
19 Merton 5,722 London borough Greater London
20 Redbridge 5,502 London borough Greater London
21 Luton 5,196 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
22 Harrow 5,175 London borough Greater London
23 Portsmouth 5,150 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
24 Hounslow 5,148 London borough Greater London
25 Leicester 5,027 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire
26 Southampton 4,991 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
27 Slough 4,872 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
28 Sutton 4,781 London borough Greater London
29 Manchester 4,773 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester
30 Watford 4,772 Borough Hertfordshire
31 Croydon 4,516 London borough Greater London
32 Kingston upon Thames 4,512 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
33 Barnet 4,489 London borough Greater London
34 Liverpool 4,346 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside
35 Nottingham 4,338 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire
36 Southend-on-Sea 4,336 Unitary authority, Borough, City (2022) Essex
37 Reading 4,313 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
38 Bristol 4,308 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol
39 Birmingham 4,275 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands
40 Enfield 4,083 London borough Greater London
41 Bexley 4,071 London borough Greater London
42 Blackpool 4,041 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
43 Sandwell 3,995 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
44 Wolverhampton 3,798 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
45 Hull 3,730 Unitary authority, City (1897) East Riding of Yorkshire
46 Norwich 3,688 City (TI) Norfolk
47 Cambridge 3,579 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
48 Oxford 3,553 City (1542) Oxfordshire
49 Ipswich 3,534 Borough Suffolk
50 Coventry 3,501 Metropolitan borough, City (1102) West Midlands
51 Stevenage 3,445 Borough Hertfordshire
52 Worthing 3,424 Borough West Sussex
53 Richmond upon Thames 3,402 London borough Greater London
54 Derby 3,350 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
55 Brighton & Hove 3,345 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex
56 Plymouth 3,315 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon
57 Dudley 3,302 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
58 Gloucester 3,267 City (1541) Gloucestershire
59 Gosport 3,230 Borough Hampshire
60 Worcester 3,121 City (TI) Worcestershire
61 Harlow 3,056 Essex
62 Hastings 3,054 Borough East Sussex
63 City of London 2,975 City (TI), sui generis City of London
64 Lincoln 2,909 City (TI) Lincolnshire
65 Exeter 2,780 City (TI) Devon
66 Salford 2,777 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
67 Stoke-on-Trent 2,765 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire
68 Walsall 2,733 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
69 Middlesbrough 2,671 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
70 Newcastle upon Tyne 2,646 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear
71 Hillingdon 2,644 London borough Greater London
72 Crawley 2,635 Borough West Sussex
73 Rushmoor 2,555 Borough Hampshire
74 Tamworth 2,550 Borough Staffordshire
75 Cheltenham 2,549 Borough Gloucestershire
76 North Tyneside 2,539 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
77 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 2,469 Unitary authority Dorset
78 Oadby and Wigston 2,455 Borough Leicestershire
79 Epsom and Ewell 2,375 Borough Surrey
80 Stockport 2,338 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
81 Havering 2,332 London borough Greater London
82 Eastbourne 2,303 Borough East Sussex
83 South Tyneside 2,294 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
84 Spelthorne 2,294 Borough Surrey
85 Tameside 2,240 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
86 Havant 2,228 Borough Hampshire
87 Trafford 2,217 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
88 Torbay 2,216 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
89 Bromley 2,198 London borough Greater London
90 Bolton 2,117 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
91 Castle Point 2,005 Borough Essex
92 Sunderland 1,995 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear
93 Wirral 1,990 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
94 Bury 1,949 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
95 Broxbourne 1,925 Borough Hertfordshire
96 Knowsley 1,787 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
97 Sefton 1,783 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
98 Wigan 1,750 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
99 Eastleigh 1,712 Borough Hampshire
100 Basildon 1,705 Essex
101 Oldham 1,701 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
102 Nuneaton and Bedworth 1,700 Borough Warwickshire
103 Woking 1,634 Borough Surrey
104 Halton 1,624 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
105 Dartford 1,605 Borough Kent
106 Redditch 1,604 Borough Worcestershire
107 Chesterfield 1,568 Borough Derbyshire
108 Fareham 1,542 Borough Hampshire
109 Adur 1,534 West Sussex
110 Sheffield 1,513 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire
111 Bradford 1,491 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire
112 Leeds 1,472 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire
113 Elmbridge 1,460 Borough Surrey
114 Medway 1,444 Unitary authority, Borough Kent
115 Mansfield 1,440 Nottinghamshire
116 Rochdale 1,416 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
117 Broxtowe 1,385 Borough Nottinghamshire
118 Gateshead 1,378 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
119 Thanet 1,357 Kent
120 St Helens 1,344 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
121 Cannock Chase 1,274 Staffordshire
122 Solihull 1,213 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
123 Reigate and Banstead 1,168 Borough Surrey
124 Warrington 1,168 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
125 Ashfield 1,153 Nottinghamshire
126 Bracknell Forest 1,139 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
127 Blackburn with Darwen 1,129 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
128 Runnymede 1,129 Borough Surrey
129 Hyndburn 1,127 Borough Lancashire
130 Gravesham 1,080 Borough Kent
131 Thurrock 1,074 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
132 Hertsmere 1,066 Borough Hertfordshire
133 Kirklees 1,060 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
134 Three Rivers 1,056 Hertfordshire
135 Wakefield 1,044 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire
136 Preston 1,039 City (2002) Lancashire
137 Erewash 1,030 Borough Derbyshire
138 Swindon 1,014 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
139 Wokingham 992 Unitary authority Berkshire
140 Hartlepool 986 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
141 South Ribble 981 Borough Lancashire
142 Gedling 977 Borough Nottinghamshire
143 Stockton-on-Tees 959 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
144 Surrey Heath 951 Borough Surrey
145 Milton Keynes 930 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
146 Rotherham 928 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
147 Welwyn Hatfield 925 Hertfordshire
148 St Albans 919 City (1877) Hertfordshire
149 Barrow-in-Furness 865 Borough Cumbria
150 Burnley 855 Borough Lancashire
151 North East Lincolnshire 815 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
155 York 746 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
152 Blaby 789 Leicestershire
153 Windsor and Maidenhead 781 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
156 Barnsley 743 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
157 Dacorum 730 Borough Hertfordshire
154 Arun 746 West Sussex
158 Charnwood 659 Borough Leicestershire
162 Newcastle-under-Lyme 585 Borough Staffordshire
159 Telford and Wrekin 639 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
160 Peterborough 628 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
161 Colchester 587 Borough Essex
167 Calderdale 568 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
164 Chorley 581 Borough Lancashire
165 North Somerset 580 Unitary authority Somerset
166 Great Yarmouth 572 Borough Norfolk
163 South Gloucestershire 584 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
170 Redcar and Cleveland 557 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
169 Bath and North East Somerset 559 Unitary authority Somerset
173 Doncaster 542 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
175 Guildford 530 Borough Surrey
171 Tonbridge and Malling 551 Borough Kent
168 Pendle 565 Borough Lancashire
172 Darlington 546 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
180 Canterbury 510 City (TI) Kent
174 Chelmsford 536 City (2012) Essex
177 Wyre Forest 520 Worcestershire
178 Rossendale 513 Borough Lancashire
179 Rochford 513 Essex
176 Warwick 525 Warwickshire
181 Brentwood 503 Borough Essex
182 Bolsover 501 Derbyshire
183 Fylde 491 Borough Lancashire
184 Amber Valley 476 Borough Derbyshire
185 Hart 462 Hampshire
186 Bromsgrove 457 Worcestershire
187 Mid Sussex 457 West Sussex
188 Maidstone 447 Borough Kent
189 Tendring 441 Essex
190 Central Bedfordshire 411 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
205 Buckinghamshire 353 Unitary authority Buckinghamshire
191 Swale 406 Borough Kent
193 Wyre 397 Borough Lancashire
192 Epping Forest 398 Essex
196 Hinckley and Bosworth 382 Borough Leicestershire
200 Isle of Wight 370 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
195 Cheshire West and Chester 388 Unitary authority Cheshire
201 Dover 369 Kent
199 North East Derbyshire 370 Derbyshire
197 North West Leicestershire 375 Leicestershire
198 Waverley 372 Borough Surrey
194 Bedford 389 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
206 Tunbridge Wells 348 Borough Kent
203 North Hertfordshire 355 Hertfordshire
204 Tandridge 354 Surrey
207 Lewes 342 East Sussex
210 Mole Valley 338 Surrey
209 West Lancashire 339 Lancashire
208 Cheshire East 342 Unitary authority Cheshire
211 Sevenoaks 326 Kent
218 Folkestone and Hythe 308 Kent
213 Lichfield 321 Staffordshire
216 East Hertfordshire 316 Hertfordshire
215 South Derbyshire 317 Derbyshire
214 East Staffordshire 321 Borough Staffordshire
212 Rugby 326 Borough Warwickshire
220 Rushcliffe 291 Borough Nottinghamshire
219 Basingstoke and Deane 292 Borough Hampshire
223 South Staffordshire 271 Staffordshire
221 Horsham 277 West Sussex
224 Stroud 263 Gloucestershire
222 Cherwell 274 Oxfordshire
226 Lancaster 252 City (1937) Lancashire
225 Braintree 254 Essex
231 New Forest 234 Hampshire
230 County Durham 235 Unitary authority County Durham
227 East Hampshire 244 Hampshire
229 Broadland 239 Norfolk
228 Vale of White Horse 241 Oxfordshire
234 North Warwickshire 229 Borough Warwickshire
235 Stafford 229 Staffordshire
232 West Berkshire 229 Unitary authority Berkshire
233 Tewkesbury 229 Borough Gloucestershire
236 Ashford 229 Borough Kent
237 Sedgemoor 222 Somerset
238 South Oxfordshire 220 Oxfordshire
240 North Lincolnshire 200 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
239 Test Valley 208 Borough Hampshire
241 Teignbridge 200 Devon
244 East Suffolk 195 Suffolk
243 Huntingdonshire 200 Cambridgeshire
247 Wealden 192 East Sussex
242 Wychavon 200 Worcestershire
245 Boston 194 Borough Lincolnshire
246 Winchester 193 City (TI) Hampshire
253 Rother 183 East Sussex
248 Newark and Sherwood 189 Nottinghamshire
249 Fenland 188 Cambridgeshire
252 Bassetlaw 185 Nottinghamshire
251 Maldon 185 Essex
250 East Devon 185 Devon
254 South Somerset 180 Somerset
255 South Cambridgeshire 180 Cambridgeshire
256 West Suffolk 174 Borough Suffolk
257 High Peak 169 Borough Derbyshire
258 Staffordshire Moorlands 166 Staffordshire
259 Forest of Dean 165 Gloucestershire
261 Cornwall 161 Unitary authority Cornwall
260 Harborough 165 Leicestershire
264 Mendip 157 Somerset
267 Babergh 156 Suffolk
262 West Oxfordshire 160 Oxfordshire
263 Chichester 158 West Sussex
265 Wiltshire 157 Unitary authority Wiltshire
266 South Norfolk 156 Norfolk
270 South Kesteven 152 Lincolnshire
268 Selby 154 North Yorkshire
269 Dorset 152 Unitary authority Dorset
272 East Riding of Yorkshire 142 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
271 Uttlesford 143 Essex
280 Isles of Scilly 126 sui generis Cornwall
275 East Cambridgeshire 135 Cambridgeshire
274 Malvern Hills 138 Worcestershire
276 Scarborough 133 Borough North Yorkshire
273 Stratford-on-Avon 138 Warwickshire
277 Somerset West and Taunton 133 Borough Somerset
278 North Kesteven 128 Lincolnshire
279 South Holland 127 Lincolnshire
281 Harrogate 124 North Yorkshire
282 Mid Suffolk 118 Suffolk
287 North Norfolk 107 Norfolk
283 Breckland 108 Norfolk
284 Melton 108 Borough Leicestershire
286 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 107 Borough Norfolk
288 Carlisle 106 City (1133) Cumbria
285 Rutland 108 Unitary authority Rutland
289 Ribble Valley 106 Borough Lancashire
290 Shropshire 101 Unitary authority Shropshire

Less than 100 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km2)
Type of district Ceremonial county
291 South Hams 100 Devon
292 Copeland 92 Borough Cumbria
295 Derbyshire Dales 90 Derbyshire
293 Mid Devon 91 Devon
294 North Devon 91 Devon
296 Herefordshire 86 Unitary authority Herefordshire
297 West Lindsey 82 Lincolnshire
298 East Lindsey 81 Lincolnshire
300 Allerdale 77 Borough Cumbria
299 Cotswold 78 Gloucestershire
301 Hambleton 69 North Yorkshire
302 Torridge 69 Devon
303 South Lakeland 68 Cumbria
304 Northumberland 64 Unitary authority Northumberland
306 Craven 48 North Yorkshire
305 West Devon 49 Borough Devon
307 Richmondshire 38 North Yorkshire
308 Ryedale 36 North Yorkshire
309 Eden 26 Cumbria

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 2021". Office for National Statistics. 2 November 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Standard Area Measurements (2016) for Administrative Areas in the United Kingdom". Office for National Statistics. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.