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 2019 from the Office for National Statistics. The densities are calculated by dividing the latest Population Estimate[1] by the Standard Area Measurement.[2]Mergers have taken place since.

More than 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
1 Islington 16,097 London borough Greater London
2 Tower Hamlets 16,057 London borough Greater London
3 Hackney 14,681 London borough Greater London
4 Kensington and Chelsea 12,884 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
5 Lambeth 12,157 London borough Greater London
6 Camden 12,035 London borough Greater London
7 Westminster 11,883 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
8 Hammersmith and Fulham 11,308 London borough Greater London
9 Southwark 10,992 London borough Greater London

1,000 - 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
10 Newham 9,723 London borough Greater London
11 Wandsworth 9,528 London borough Greater London
12 Haringey 9,143 London borough Greater London
13 Lewisham 8,636 London borough Greater London
14 Brent 7,652 London borough Greater London
15 Waltham Forest 7,130 London borough Greater London
16 Ealing 6,157 London borough Greater London
17 Greenwich 6,046 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
18 Barking and Dagenham 5,871 London borough Greater London
19 Merton 5,480 London borough Greater London
20 Redbridge 5,386 London borough Greater London
21 Portsmouth 5,326 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
22 Southampton 5,065 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
23 Harrow 4,957 London borough Greater London
24 Luton 4,939 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
25 Leicester 4,843 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire
26 Hounslow 4,837 London borough Greater London
27 Manchester 4,735 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester
28 Kingston upon Thames 4,709 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
29 Sutton 4,665 London borough Greater London
30 Slough 4,582 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
31 Barnet 4,520 London borough Greater London
32 Watford 4,515 Borough Hertfordshire
33 Croydon 4,455 London borough Greater London
34 Nottingham 4,437 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire
35 Liverpool 4,424 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside
36 Southend-on-Sea 4,370 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
37 Birmingham 4,262 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands
38 Bristol 4,224 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol
39 Enfield 4,130 London borough Greater London
40 Bexley 4,082 London borough Greater London
41 Reading 4,040 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
42 Blackpool 3,997 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
43 Sandwell 3,826 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
44 Wolverhampton 3,773 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
45 Coventry 3,718 Metropolitan borough, City (1102) West Midlands
46 Hull 3,648 Unitary authority, City (1897) East Riding of Yorkshire
47 Norwich 3,617 City (TI) Norfolk
48 Brighton & Hove 3,508 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex
49 Ipswich 3,480 Borough Suffolk
50 Richmond upon Thames 3,430 London borough Greater London
51 Oxford 3,384 City (1542) Oxfordshire
52 Worthing 3,383 Borough West Sussex
53 Stevenage 3,379 Borough Hertfordshire
54 Gosport 3,363 Borough Hampshire
55 Derby 3,296 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
56 Plymouth 3,296 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon
57 Dudley 3,273 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
58 Gloucester 3,188 City (1541) Gloucestershire
59 Hastings 3,124 Borough East Sussex
60 Cambridge 3,090 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
61 Worcester 3,062 City (TI) Worcestershire
62 City of London 2,998 City (TI), sui generis City of London
63 Harlow 2,836 Essex
64 Northampton 2,787 Borough Northamptonshire
65 Lincoln 2,775 City (TI) Lincolnshire
66 Exeter 2,773 City (TI) Devon
67 Stoke-on-Trent 2,738 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire
68 Walsall 2,725 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
69 Newcastle upon Tyne 2,646 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear
70 Hillingdon 2,635 London borough Greater London
71 Salford 2,617 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
72 Middlesbrough 2,608 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
73 Cheltenham 2,513 Borough Gloucestershire
74 North Tyneside 2,502 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
75 Crawley 2,500 Borough West Sussex
76 Tamworth 2,485 Borough Staffordshire
77 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 2,453 Unitary authority Dorset
78 Rushmoor 2,437 Borough Hampshire
79 Oadby and Wigston 2,425 Borough Leicestershire
80 Epsom and Ewell 2,345 Borough Surrey
81 Eastbourne 2,336 Borough East Sussex
82 South Tyneside 2,334 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
83 Stockport 2,315 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
84 Havering 2,295 London borough Greater London
85 Havant 2,272 Borough Hampshire
86 Trafford 2,229 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
87 Spelthorne 2,213 Borough Surrey
88 Bromley 2,205 London borough Greater London
89 Tameside 2,183 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
90 Torbay 2,159 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
91 Wirral 2,058 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
92 Bolton 2,041 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
93 Sunderland 2,018 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear
94 Castle Point 1,998 Borough Essex
95 Bury 1,911 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
96 Broxbourne 1,883 Borough Hertfordshire
97 Sefton 1,777 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
98 Wigan 1,733 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
99 Knowsley 1,729 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
100 Basildon 1,689 Essex
101 Oldham 1,655 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
102 Eastleigh 1,653 Borough Hampshire
103 Nuneaton and Bedworth 1,633 Borough Warwickshire
104 Halton 1,624 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
105 Woking 1,591 Borough Surrey
106 Chesterfield 1,584 Borough Derbyshire
107 Sheffield 1,583 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire
108 Fareham 1,567 Borough Hampshire
109 Redditch 1,567 Borough Worcestershire
110 Adur 1,523 West Sussex
111 Dartford 1,508 Borough Kent
112 Bradford 1,466 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire
113 Elmbridge 1,437 Borough Surrey
114 Medway 1,436 Unitary authority, Borough Kent
115 Leeds 1,430 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire
116 Gateshead 1,423 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
117 Mansfield 1,419 Nottinghamshire
118 Broxtowe 1,414 Borough Nottinghamshire
119 Rochdale 1,391 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
120 Thanet 1,372 Kent
121 St Helens 1,320 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
122 Cannock Chase 1,269 Staffordshire
123 Solihull 1,205 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
124 Ashfield 1,161 Nottinghamshire
125 Warrington 1,160 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
126 Reigate and Banstead 1,144 Borough Surrey
127 Runnymede 1,128 Borough Surrey
128 Bracknell Forest 1,112 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
129 Hyndburn 1,107 Borough Lancashire
130 Blackburn with Darwen 1,087 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
131 Gravesham 1,074 Borough Kent
132 Kirklees 1,074 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
133 Thurrock 1,055 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
134 Erewash 1,053 Borough Derbyshire
135 Three Rivers 1,048 Hertfordshire
136 Hertsmere 1,030 Borough Hertfordshire
137 Wakefield 1,019 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire

100 - 1000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
138 Preston 997 City (2002) Lancashire
139 Hartlepool 997 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
140 Gedling 982 Borough Nottinghamshire
141 South Ribble 979 Borough Lancashire
142 Swindon 965 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
143 Stockton-on-Tees 962 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
144 Welwyn Hatfield 948 Hertfordshire
145 Wokingham 939 Unitary authority Berkshire
146 Surrey Heath 935 Borough Surrey
147 Rotherham 924 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
148 St Albans 914 City (1877) Hertfordshire
149 Corby 882 Borough Northamptonshire
150 Milton Keynes 870 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
151 Barrow-in-Furness 861 Borough Cumbria
152 North East Lincolnshire 833 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
153 Burnley 800 Borough Lancashire
154 York 772 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
155 Blaby 770 Leicestershire
156 Windsor and Maidenhead 768 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
157 Barnsley 745 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
158 Dacorum 726 Borough Hertfordshire
159 Arun 723 West Sussex
160 Charnwood 655 Borough Leicestershire
161 Newcastle-under-Lyme 614 Borough Staffordshire
162 Telford and Wrekin 612 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
163 Peterborough 585 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
164 Colchester 585 Borough Essex
165 Calderdale 577 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
166 Chorley 576 Borough Lancashire
167 North Somerset 572 Unitary authority Somerset
168 Great Yarmouth 570 Borough Norfolk
169 South Gloucestershire 569 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
170 Redcar and Cleveland 558 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
171 Bath and North East Somerset 555 Unitary authority Somerset
172 Doncaster 547 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
173 Guildford 546 Borough Surrey
174 Tonbridge and Malling 543 Borough Kent
175 Pendle 540 Borough Lancashire
176 Darlington 540 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
178 Canterbury 533 City (TI) Kent
179 Chelmsford 523 City (2012) Essex
180 Wyre Forest 517 Worcestershire
181 Rossendale 514 Borough Lancashire
182 Rochford 513 Essex
183 Warwick 504 Warwickshire
184 Brentwood 500 Borough Essex
185 Bolsover 496 Derbyshire
188 Wellingborough 487 Borough Northamptonshire
189 Fylde 481 Borough Lancashire
190 Amber Valley 477 Borough Derbyshire
191 Bromsgrove 455 Worcestershire
192 Mid Sussex 448 West Sussex
193 Hart 447 Hampshire
194 Kettering 434 Borough Northamptonshire
195 Maidstone 432 Borough Kent
196 Tendring 432 Essex
197 Buckinghamshire 432 Unitary authority Buckinghamshire
198 Swale 397 Borough Kent
199 Central Bedfordshire 396 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
200 Wyre 394 Borough Lancashire
201 Epping Forest 387 Essex
202 Hinckley and Bosworth 378 Borough Leicestershire
203 Isle of Wight 372 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
204 Cheshire West and Chester 371 Unitary authority Cheshire
205 Dover 371 Kent
206 North East Derbyshire 367 Derbyshire
207 North West Leicestershire 366 Leicestershire
208 Waverley 364 Borough Surrey
209 Bedford 360 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
210 Tunbridge Wells 356 Borough Kent
211 North Hertfordshire 355 Hertfordshire
212 Tandridge 353 Surrey
213 Lewes 352 East Sussex
214 Mole Valley 338 Surrey
215 West Lancashire 329 Lancashire
216 Cheshire East 326 Unitary authority Cheshire
217 Sevenoaks 326 Kent
218 Folkestone and Hythe 316 Kent
219 Lichfield 314 Staffordshire
220 East Hertfordshire 311 Hertfordshire
221 South Derbyshire 309 Derbyshire
222 East Staffordshire 306 Borough Staffordshire
223 Rugby 305 Borough Warwickshire
224 Rushcliffe 288 Borough Nottinghamshire
225 Basingstoke and Deane 277 Borough Hampshire
226 South Staffordshire 275 Staffordshire
227 Horsham 268 West Sussex
228 Stroud 258 Gloucestershire
229 Cherwell 253 Oxfordshire
230 Lancaster 250 City (1937) Lancashire
231 Braintree 248 Essex
232 New Forest 239 Hampshire
233 County Durham 237 Unitary authority County Durham
234 East Hampshire 235 Hampshire
235 Broadland 234 Norfolk
236 Vale of White Horse 232 Oxfordshire
237 North Warwickshire 228 Borough Warwickshire
238 Stafford 227 Staffordshire
239 West Berkshire 225 Unitary authority Berkshire
240 Tewkesbury 223 Borough Gloucestershire
241 Ashford 223 Borough Kent
243 Sedgemoor 218 Somerset
244 South Oxfordshire 207 Oxfordshire
245 North Lincolnshire 203 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
246 Test Valley 199 Borough Hampshire
247 Teignbridge 197 Devon
248 East Suffolk 197 Suffolk
249 Huntingdonshire 196 Cambridgeshire
250 Wealden 192 East Sussex
251 Wychavon 192 Worcestershire
252 Boston 190 Borough Lincolnshire
253 Winchester 188 City (TI) Hampshire
254 Rother 188 East Sussex
255 Newark and Sherwood 187 Nottinghamshire
256 Fenland 186 Cambridgeshire
257 East Northamptonshire 184 Northamptonshire
258 Bassetlaw 183 Nottinghamshire
259 Maldon 180 Essex
260 East Devon 177 Devon
261 South Somerset 175 Somerset
262 South Cambridgeshire 175 Cambridgeshire
263 West Suffolk 173 Borough Suffolk
264 High Peak 171 Borough Derbyshire
265 Staffordshire Moorlands 171 Staffordshire
266 Forest of Dean 164 Gloucestershire
267 Cornwall 160 Unitary authority Cornwall
268 Harborough 156 Leicestershire
269 Mendip 155 Somerset
270 Babergh 154 Suffolk
271 West Oxfordshire 154 Oxfordshire
272 Chichester 154 West Sussex
273 Wiltshire 153 Unitary authority Wiltshire
274 South Norfolk 152 Norfolk
275 South Kesteven 150 Lincolnshire
276 Selby 149 North Yorkshire
277 South Northamptonshire 146 Northamptonshire
278 Dorset 142 Unitary authority Dorset
279 East Riding of Yorkshire 141 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
280 Uttlesford 139 Essex
281 Isles of Scilly 137 sui generis Cornwall
282 East Cambridgeshire 137 Cambridgeshire
283 Malvern Hills 135 Worcestershire
284 Scarborough 133 Borough North Yorkshire
285 Stratford-on-Avon 130 Warwickshire
286 Somerset West and Taunton 130 Borough Somerset
287 Daventry 128 Northamptonshire
288 North Kesteven 126 Lincolnshire
289 South Holland 125 Lincolnshire
290 Harrogate 123 North Yorkshire
291 Mid Suffolk 118 Suffolk
292 North Norfolk 109 Norfolk
293 Breckland 107 Norfolk
294 Melton 106 Borough Leicestershire
295 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 106 Borough Norfolk
296 Carlisle 104 City (1133) Cumbria
297 Rutland 104 Unitary authority Rutland
298 Ribble Valley 103 Borough Lancashire
299 Shropshire 100 Unitary authority Shropshire

Less than 100 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
299 South Hams 97 Devon
300 Copeland 94 Borough Cumbria
301 Derbyshire Dales 91 Derbyshire
302 Mid Devon 89 Devon
303 North Devon 88 Devon
304 Herefordshire 88 Unitary authority Herefordshire
305 West Lindsey 82 Lincolnshire
306 East Lindsey 80 Lincolnshire
307 Allerdale 79 Borough Cumbria
308 Cotswold 76 Gloucestershire
309 Hambleton 70 North Yorkshire
310 Torridge 69 Devon
311 South Lakeland 68 Cumbria
312 Northumberland 64 Unitary authority Northumberland
313 Craven 48 North Yorkshire
314 West Devon 48 Borough Devon
315 Richmondshire 40 North Yorkshire
316 Ryedale 36 North Yorkshire
317 Eden 25 Cumbria

See also[edit]

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. ^ "Standard Area Measurements (2016) for Administrative Areas in the United Kingdom". Office for National Statistics. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.