List of English districts by population density

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This is a list of districts of England ordered by population density - midyear population estimates for 2015 from the Office for National Statistics.The densities are calculated by dividing the latest Population Estimate[1] by the Standard Area Measurement.[2]

More than 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
1 Islington 15,179 London borough Greater London
2 Tower Hamlets 14,762 London borough Greater London
3 Hackney 14,158 London borough Greater London
4 Kensington and Chelsea 13,143 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
5 Lambeth 12,016 London borough Greater London
6 Westminster 11,538 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
7 Hammersmith and Fulham 11,213 London borough Greater London
8 Camden 10,957 London borough Greater London
9 Southwark 10,652 London borough Greater London

1,000 - 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
10 Wandsworth 9,251 London borough Greater London
11 Newham 9,245 London borough Greater London
12 Haringey 9,095 London borough Greater London
13 Lewisham 8,495 London borough Greater London
14 Brent 7,535 London borough Greater London
15 Waltham Forest 6,953 London borough Greater London
16 Ealing 6,126 London borough Greater London
17 Greenwich 5,847 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
18 Barking and Dagenham 5,611 London borough Greater London
19 Merton 5,383 London borough Greater London
20 Redbridge 5,300 London borough Greater London
21 Portsmouth 5,294 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
22 Luton 4,993 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
23 Southampton 4,991 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
24 Harrow 4,943 London borough Greater London
25 Hounslow 4,799 London borough Greater London
26 Leicester 4,694 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire
27 Kingston upon Thames 4,690 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
28 Watford 4,591 Borough Hertfordshire
29 Manchester 4,571 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester
30 Sutton 4,549 London borough Greater London
31 Slough 4,416 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
32 Croydon 4,407 London borough Greater London
33 Barnet 4,364 London borough Greater London
34 Liverpool 4,273 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside
35 Southend-on-Sea 4,255 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
36 Nottingham 4,252 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire
37 Bournemouth 4,229 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
38 Birmingham 4,147 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands
39 Bristol 4,085 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol
40 Enfield 4,055 London borough Greater London
41 Reading 4,043 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
42 Blackpool 3,988 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
43 Bexley 3,970 London borough Greater London
44 Sandwell 3,715 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
45 Wolverhampton 3,687 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
46 Hull 3,648 Unitary authority, City (1299) East Riding of Yorkshire
47 Norwich 3,561 City (1195) Norfolk
48 Coventry 3,489 Metropolitan borough, City (1345) West Midlands
49 Ipswich 3,477 Borough Suffolk
50 Oxford 3,469 City (1542) Oxfordshire
51 Brighton & Hove 3,437 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex
52 Richmond upon Thames 3,416 London borough Greater London
53 Gosport 3,387 Borough Hampshire
54 Worthing 3,367 Borough West Sussex
55 Stevenage 3,326 Borough Hertfordshire
56 Plymouth 3,284 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon
57 Derby 3,260 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
58 Dudley 3,229 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
59 Cambridge 3,193 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
60 Gloucester 3,101 City (1541) Gloucestershire
61 Worcester 3,071 City (1189) Worcestershire
62 Hastings 3,050 Borough East Sussex
63 City of London 2,920 City (TI), sui generis City of London
64 Harlow 2,755 Essex
65 Northampton 2,746 Borough Northamptonshire
66 Exeter 2,709 City (TI) Devon
67 Stoke-on-Trent 2,706 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire
68 Lincoln 2,696 City (TI) Lincolnshire
69 Walsall 2,655 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
70 Newcastle upon Tyne 2,592 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear
71 Middlesbrough 2,584 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
72 Hillingdon 2,567 London borough Greater London
73 Salford 2,532 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
74 Tamworth 2,488 Borough Staffordshire
75 Cheltenham 2,485 Borough Gloucestershire
76 North Tyneside 2,469 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
77 Crawley 2,464 Borough West Sussex
78 Rushmoor 2,445 Borough Hampshire
79 Eastbourne 2,329 Borough East Sussex
80 Oadby and Wigston 2,326 Borough Leicestershire
81 South Tyneside 2,323 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
82 Epsom and Ewell 2,322 Borough Surrey
83 Poole 2,317 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
84 Stockport 2,292 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
85 Havant 2,235 Borough Hampshire
86 Havering 2,224 London borough Greater London
87 Trafford 2,201 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
88 Spelthorne 2,188 Borough Surrey
89 Bromley 2,166 London borough Greater London
90 Tameside 2,152 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
91 Torbay 2,117 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
92 Wirral 2,044 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
93 Sunderland 2,023 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear
94 Bolton 2,012 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
95 Castle Point 1,982 Borough Essex
96 Bury 1,898 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
97 Broxbourne 1,887 Borough Hertfordshire
98 Sefton 1,789 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
99 Wigan 1,713 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
100 Knowsley 1,692 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
101 Basildon 1,652 Essex
102 Oldham 1,626 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
103 Eastleigh 1,613 Borough Hampshire
104 Halton 1,602 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
105 Nuneaton and Bedworth 1,599 Borough Warwickshire
106 Chesterfield 1,582 Borough Derbyshire
107 Redditch 1,569 Borough Worcestershire
108 Woking 1,554 Borough Surrey
109 Weymouth and Portland 1,552 Borough Dorset
110 Fareham 1,551 Borough Hampshire
111 Sheffield 1,548 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire
112 Adur 1,510 West Sussex
113 Bradford 1,451 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire
114 Medway 1,425 Unitary authority, Borough Kent
115 Dartford 1,423 Borough Kent
116 Gateshead 1,415 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
117 Broxtowe 1,403 Borough Nottinghamshire
118 Leeds 1,402 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire
119 Elmbridge 1,397 Borough Surrey
120 Mansfield 1,384 Nottinghamshire
121 Thanet 1,357 Kent
122 Rochdale 1,356 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
123 St Helens 1,306 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
124 Cannock Chase 1,247 Staffordshire
125 Solihull 1,182 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
126 Warrington 1,147 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
127 Ashfield 1,123 Nottinghamshire
128 Reigate and Banstead 1,117 Borough Surrey
129 Hyndburn 1,099 Borough Lancashire
130 Runnymede 1,097 Borough Surrey
131 Bracknell Forest 1,092 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
132 Gravesham 1,074 Borough Kent
133 Blackburn with Darwen 1,072 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
134 Kirklees 1,062 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
135 Erewash 1,041 Borough Derbyshire
136 Three Rivers 1,030 Hertfordshire
137 Hertsmere 1,020 Borough Hertfordshire
138 Thurrock 1,013 Unitary authority, Borough Essex

100 - 1000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
139 Preston 995 City (2002) Lancashire
140 Wakefield 985 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire
141 Hartlepool 984 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
142 Christchurch 981 Borough Dorset
143 South Ribble 970 Borough Lancashire
144 Gedling 966 Borough Nottinghamshire
145 Stockton-on-Tees 950 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
146 Swindon 944 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
147 Surrey Heath 927 Borough Surrey
148 Welwyn Hatfield 916 Hertfordshire
149 Rotherham 909 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
150 St Albans 906 City (1877) Hertfordshire
151 Wokingham 896 Unitary authority Berkshire
152 Barrow-in-Furness 866 Borough Cumbria
153 Milton Keynes 847 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
154 Corby 836 Borough Northamptonshire
155 North East Lincolnshire 831 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
156 Burnley 787 Borough Lancashire
157 York 761 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
158 Windsor and Maidenhead 750 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
159 Blaby 743 Leicestershire
160 Barnsley 727 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
161 Dacorum 714 Borough Hertfordshire
162 Arun 705 West Sussex
163 Charnwood 633 Borough Leicestershire
164 Newcastle-under-Lyme 602 Borough Staffordshire
165 Telford and Wrekin 590 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
166 Calderdale 573 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
167 Great Yarmouth 567 Borough Norfolk
168 Peterborough 566 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
169 North Somerset 561 Unitary authority Somerset
170 Colchester 559 Borough Essex
171 Chorley 556 Borough Lancashire
172 South Gloucestershire 553 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
173 Redcar and Cleveland 552 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
174 Wycombe 542 Buckinghamshire
175 Guildford 539 Borough Surrey
176 Doncaster 537 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
177 Darlington 535 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
178 Bath and North East Somerset 534 Unitary authority Somerset
179 Pendle 533 Borough Lancashire
180 Tonbridge and Malling 524 Borough Kent
181 Canterbury 518 City (TI) Kent
182 Wyre Forest 510 Worcestershire
183 Chelmsford 509 City (2012) Essex
184 Rossendale 504 Borough Lancashire
185 Rochford 504 Essex
186 Brentwood 497 Borough Essex
187 Warwick 494 Warwickshire
188 South Bucks 490 Buckinghamshire
189 Bolsover 486 Derbyshire
190 Chiltern 482 Buckinghamshire
191 Wellingborough 474 Borough Northamptonshire
192 Amber Valley 468 Borough Derbyshire
193 Fylde 466 Borough Lancashire
194 Bromsgrove 441 Worcestershire
195 Hart 437 Hampshire
196 Mid Sussex 436 West Sussex
197 Kettering 419 Borough Northamptonshire
198 Maidstone 419 Borough Kent
199 Tendring 418 Essex
200 Wyre 388 Borough Lancashire
201 Central Bedfordshire 383 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
202 Epping Forest 383 Essex
203 Swale 381 Borough Kent
204 Isle of Wight 367 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
205 Hinckley and Bosworth 366 Borough Leicestershire
206 Cheshire West and Chester 364 Unitary authority Cheshire
207 North East Derbyshire 361 Derbyshire
208 Dover 359 Kent
209 Waverley 357 Borough Surrey
210 North Hertfordshire 351 Hertfordshire
211 Tunbridge Wells 351 Borough Kent
212 North West Leicestershire 349 Leicestershire
213 Bedford 349 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
214 Tandridge 347 Surrey
215 Lewes 345 East Sussex
216 Mole Valley 334 Surrey
217 West Lancashire 325 Lancashire
218 Cheshire East 322 Unitary authority Cheshire
219 Sevenoaks 321 Kent
220 Waveney 314 Suffolk
221 Lichfield 310 Staffordshire
222 Shepway 308 Kent
223 East Hertfordshire 304 Hertfordshire
224 East Staffordshire 300 Borough Staffordshire
225 Rugby 295 Borough Warwickshire
226 South Derbyshire 294 Derbyshire
227 Rushcliffe 280 Borough Nottinghamshire
228 Basingstoke and Deane 274 Borough Hampshire
229 South Staffordshire 272 Staffordshire
230 Horsham 256 West Sussex
231 Stroud 253 Gloucestershire
232 East Dorset 251 Dorset
233 Lancaster 247 City (1937) Lancashire
234 Cherwell 247 Oxfordshire
235 Taunton Deane 247 Borough Somerset
236 Braintree 246 Essex
237 New Forest 238 Hampshire
238 County Durham 233 Unitary authority County Durham
239 East Hampshire 230 Hampshire
240 Broadland 229 Norfolk
241 Stafford 222 Staffordshire
242 West Berkshire 222 Unitary authority Berkshire
243 North Warwickshire 221 Borough Warwickshire
244 Vale of White Horse 219 Oxfordshire
245 Ashford 214 Borough Kent
246 Sedgemoor 213 Somerset
247 Tewkesbury 210 Borough Gloucestershire
248 Aylesbury Vale 209 Buckinghamshire
249 South Oxfordshire 202 Oxfordshire
250 North Lincolnshire 201 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
251 Huntingdonshire 193 Cambridgeshire
252 Test Valley 192 Borough Hampshire
253 Teignbridge 191 Devon
254 Wealden 188 East Sussex
255 Boston 183 Borough Lincolnshire
256 Wychavon 183 Worcestershire
257 Rother 183 East Sussex
258 Winchester 183 City (TI) Hampshire
259 Newark and Sherwood 182 Nottinghamshire
260 Fenland 182 Cambridgeshire
261 Bassetlaw 180 Nottinghamshire
262 East Northamptonshire 176 Northamptonshire
263 Maldon 175 Essex
264 South Cambridgeshire 172 Cambridgeshire
265 South Somerset 172 Somerset
266 St Edmundsbury 171 Borough Suffolk
267 High Peak 170 Borough Derbyshire
268 Staffordshire Moorlands 170 Staffordshire
269 East Devon 170 Devon
270 Forest Heath 168 Suffolk
271 Forest of Dean 161 Gloucestershire
272 Cornwall 155 Unitary authority Cornwall
273 West Oxfordshire 152 Oxfordshire
274 Harborough 151 Leicestershire
275 Mendip 151 Somerset
276 Babergh 150 Suffolk
277 Chichester 149 West Sussex
278 Wiltshire 149 Unitary authority Wiltshire
279 South Kesteven 147 Lincolnshire
280 Isles of Scilly 145 sui generis Cornwall
281 Selby 144 North Yorkshire
282 South Norfolk 144 Norfolk
283 South Northamptonshire 141 Northamptonshire
284 East Riding of Yorkshire 140 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
285 Suffolk Coastal 140 Suffolk
286 East Cambridgeshire 134 Cambridgeshire
287 Uttlesford 133 Essex
288 Scarborough 132 Borough North Yorkshire
289 Malvern Hills 131 Worcestershire
290 Stratford-on-Avon 124 Warwickshire
291 North Kesteven 121 Lincolnshire
292 South Holland 121 Lincolnshire
293 Daventry 121 Northamptonshire
294 Harrogate 120 North Yorkshire
295 North Dorset 116 Dorset
296 Mid Suffolk 114 Suffolk
297 Purbeck 114 Dorset
298 North Norfolk 107 Norfolk
299 Melton 106 Borough Leicestershire
300 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 105 Borough Norfolk
301 Carlisle 104 City (TI) Cumbria
302 Breckland 104 Norfolk
303 Ribble Valley 100 Borough Lancashire
304 Rutland 100 Unitary authority Rutland

Less than 100 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
305 Shropshire 97 Unitary authority Shropshire
306 Copeland 95 Borough Cumbria
307 South Hams 95 Devon
308 West Dorset 93 Dorset
309 Derbyshire Dales 90 Derbyshire
310 Mid Devon 87 Devon
311 North Devon 87 Devon
312 Herefordshire 86 Unitary authority Herefordshire
313 West Lindsey 80 Lincolnshire
314 Allerdale 78 Borough Cumbria
315 East Lindsey 78 Lincolnshire
316 Cotswold 73 Gloucestershire
317 Hambleton 69 North Yorkshire
318 South Lakeland 67 Cumbria
319 Torridge 67 Devon
320 Northumberland 63 Unitary authority Northumberland
321 Craven 47 North Yorkshire
322 West Devon 47 Borough Devon
323 West Somerset 47 Somerset
324 Richmondshire 40 North Yorkshire
325 Ryedale 35 North Yorkshire
326 Eden 25 Cumbria

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Table 8a Mid-2011 Population Estimates: Selected age groups for local authorities in England and Wales; estimated resident population;". Population Estimates for England and Wales, Mid 2011 (Census Based). Office for National Statistics. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Standard Area Measurements - Local Authorities - Dec 2010 (SAM_LAD_DEC_2010_UK)". UK Standard Area Measurements (SAM). Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2011.