List of English districts by population density

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This is a list of Boroughs of England ordered by population density, based on population estimates for 2016 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 15,670 London borough Greater London
2 Tower Hamlets 15,404 London borough Greater London
3 Hackney 14,358 London borough Greater London
4 Kensington and Chelsea 12,931 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
5 Lambeth 12,230 London borough Greater London
6 Westminster 11,522 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
7 Camden 11,297 London borough Greater London
8 Hammersmith and Fulham 10,954 London borough Greater London
9 Southwark 10,853 London borough Greater London

1,000 - 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
10 Newham 9,419 London borough Greater London
11 Haringey 9,407 London borough Greater London
12 Wandsworth 9,226 London borough Greater London
13 Lewisham 8,587 London borough Greater London
14 Brent 7,593 London borough Greater London
15 Waltham Forest 7,107 London borough Greater London
16 Ealing 6,179 London borough Greater London
17 Greenwich 5,910 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
18 Barking and Dagenham 5,717 London borough Greater London
19 Merton 5,450 London borough Greater London
20 Portsmouth 5,318 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
21 Redbridge 5,303 London borough Greater London
22 Southampton 5,094 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
23 Luton 5,000 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
24 Harrow 4,929 London borough Greater London
25 Hounslow 4,843 London borough Greater London
26 Leicester 4,749 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire
27 Kingston upon Thames 4,726 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
28 Manchester 4,680 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester
29 Sutton 4,611 London borough Greater London
30 Slough 4,523 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
31 Watford 4,515 Borough Hertfordshire
32 Barnet 4,450 London borough Greater London
33 Croydon 4,420 London borough Greater London
34 Nottingham 4,359 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire
35 Liverpool 4,332 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside
36 Southend-on-Sea 4,305 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
37 Bournemouth 4,280 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
38 Birmingham 4,199 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands
39 Bristol 4,140 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol
40 Enfield 4,099 London borough Greater London
41 Bexley 4,040 London borough Greater London
42 Reading 4,026 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
43 Blackpool 3,994 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
44 Sandwell 3,771 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
45 Wolverhampton 3,695 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
46 Hull 3,642 Unitary authority, City (1897) East Riding of Yorkshire
47 Norwich 3,614 City (TI) Norfolk
48 Coventry 3,577 Metropolitan borough, City (1102) West Midlands
49 Oxford 3,537 City (1542) Oxfordshire
50 Brighton & Hove 3,493 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex
51 Ipswich 3,438 Borough Suffolk
52 Richmond upon Thames 3,411 London borough Greater London
53 Gosport 3,366 Borough Hampshire
54 Stevenage 3,353 Borough Hertfordshire
55 Worthing 3,339 Borough West Sussex
56 Plymouth 3,309 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon
57 Derby 3,283 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
58 Dudley 3,242 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
59 City of London 3,241 City (TI), sui generis City of London
60 Cambridge 3,238 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
61 Gloucester 3,168 City (1541) Gloucestershire
62 Hastings 3,103 Borough East Sussex
63 Worcester 3,075 City (TI) Worcestershire
64 Harlow 2,815 Essex
65 Northampton 2,791 Borough Northamptonshire
66 Exeter 2,759 City (TI) Devon
67 Lincoln 2,740 City (TI) Lincolnshire
68 Stoke-on-Trent 2,709 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire
69 Walsall 2,680 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
70 Hillingdon 2,614 London borough Greater London
71 Newcastle upon Tyne 2,613 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear
72 Middlesbrough 2,605 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
73 Salford 2,558 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
74 Cheltenham 2,522 Borough Gloucestershire
75 Tamworth 2,494 Borough Staffordshire
76 Crawley 2,476 Borough West Sussex
77 North Tyneside 2,469 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
78 Rushmoor 2,466 Borough Hampshire
79 Oadby and Wigston 2,372 Borough Leicestershire
80 Poole 2,339 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
81 Epsom and Ewell 2,335 Borough Surrey
82 Eastbourne 2,333 Borough East Sussex
83 South Tyneside 2,320 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
84 Stockport 2,305 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
85 Havering 2,249 London borough Greater London
86 Havant 2,232 Borough Hampshire
87 Trafford 2,213 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
88 Spelthorne 2,203 Borough Surrey
89 Bromley 2,177 London borough Greater London
90 Tameside 2,163 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
91 Torbay 2,128 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
92 Wirral 2,045 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
93 Bolton 2,025 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
94 Sunderland 2,022 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear
95 Castle Point 1,990 Borough Essex
96 Bury 1,896 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
97 Broxbourne 1,881 Borough Hertfordshire
98 Sefton 1,769 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
99 Wigan 1,716 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
100 Knowsley 1,710 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
101 Basildon 1,666 Essex
102 Oldham 1,634 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
103 Eastleigh 1,625 Borough Hampshire
104 Nuneaton and Bedworth 1,608 Borough Warwickshire
105 Halton 1,604 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
106 Chesterfield 1,581 Borough Derbyshire
107 Woking 1,567 Borough Surrey
108 Redditch 1,566 Borough Worcestershire
109 Weymouth and Portland 1,564 Borough Dorset
110 Sheffield 1,563 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire
111 Fareham 1,554 Borough Hampshire
112 Adur 1,514 West Sussex
113 Bradford 1,458 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire
114 Dartford 1,450 Borough Kent
115 Medway 1,439 Unitary authority, Borough Kent
116 Leeds 1,416 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire
117 Gateshead 1,416 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
118 Broxtowe 1,406 Borough Nottinghamshire
119 Mansfield 1,400 Nottinghamshire
120 Elmbridge 1,396 Borough Surrey
121 Rochdale 1,367 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
122 Thanet 1,361 Kent
123 St Helens 1,308 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
124 Cannock Chase 1,249 Staffordshire
125 Solihull 1,187 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
126 Warrington 1,156 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
127 Ashfield 1,136 Nottinghamshire
128 Reigate and Banstead 1,127 Borough Surrey
129 Runnymede 1,113 Borough Surrey
130 Hyndburn 1,103 Borough Lancashire
131 Bracknell Forest 1,092 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
132 Gravesham 1,078 Borough Kent
133 Blackburn with Darwen 1,073 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
134 Kirklees 1,069 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
135 Erewash 1,047 Borough Derbyshire
136 Three Rivers 1,041 Hertfordshire
137 Hertsmere 1,023 Borough Hertfordshire
138 Thurrock 1,021 Unitary authority, Borough Essex

100 - 1000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
139 Preston 996 City (2002) Lancashire
140 Wakefield 994 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire
141 Hartlepool 992 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
142 Christchurch 982 Borough Dorset
143 South Ribble 974 Borough Lancashire
144 Gedling 971 Borough Nottinghamshire
145 Stockton-on-Tees 954 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
146 Swindon 947 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
147 Welwyn Hatfield 941 Hertfordshire
148 Surrey Heath 929 Borough Surrey
149 Rotherham 914 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
150 St Albans 907 City (1877) Hertfordshire
151 Wokingham 904 Unitary authority Berkshire
152 Barrow-in-Furness 863 Borough Cumbria
153 Milton Keynes 856 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
154 Corby 849 Borough Northamptonshire
155 North East Lincolnshire 829 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
156 Burnley 790 Borough Lancashire
157 York 766 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
158 Windsor and Maidenhead 757 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
159 Blaby 748 Leicestershire
160 Barnsley 733 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
161 Dacorum 718 Borough Hertfordshire
162 Arun 710 West Sussex
163 Charnwood 642 Borough Leicestershire
164 Newcastle-under-Lyme 608 Borough Staffordshire
165 Telford and Wrekin 595 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
166 Calderdale 576 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
167 Peterborough 573 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
168 Great Yarmouth 568 Borough Norfolk
169 Colchester 567 Borough Essex
170 North Somerset 566 Unitary authority Somerset
171 Chorley 563 Borough Lancashire
172 South Gloucestershire 558 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
173 Redcar and Cleveland 553 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
174 Guildford 546 Borough Surrey
175 Wycombe 544 Buckinghamshire
176 Bath and North East Somerset 542 Unitary authority Somerset
177 Doncaster 539 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
178 Darlington 534 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
179 Pendle 534 Borough Lancashire
180 Tonbridge and Malling 530 Borough Kent
181 Canterbury 525 City (TI) Kent
182 Chelmsford 513 City (2012) Essex
183 Wyre Forest 511 Worcestershire
184 Rossendale 506 Borough Lancashire
185 Rochford 505 Essex
186 Brentwood 498 Borough Essex
187 Warwick 496 Warwickshire
188 South Bucks 492 Buckinghamshire
189 Bolsover 487 Derbyshire
190 Chiltern 484 Buckinghamshire
191 Wellingborough 479 Borough Northamptonshire
192 Fylde 470 Borough Lancashire
193 Amber Valley 469 Borough Derbyshire
194 Bromsgrove 446 Worcestershire
195 Mid Sussex 440 West Sussex
196 Hart 437 Hampshire
197 Kettering 424 Borough Northamptonshire
198 Maidstone 422 Borough Kent
199 Tendring 422 Essex
200 Wyre 390 Borough Lancashire
201 Central Bedfordshire 389 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
202 Swale 387 Borough Kent
203 Epping Forest 384 Essex
204 Hinckley and Bosworth 370 Borough Leicestershire
205 Isle of Wight 367 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
206 Cheshire West and Chester 366 Unitary authority Cheshire
207 North East Derbyshire 364 Derbyshire
208 Dover 362 Kent
209 Waverley 358 Borough Surrey
210 Bedford 354 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
211 North Hertfordshire 353 Hertfordshire
212 Tunbridge Wells 353 Borough Kent
213 North West Leicestershire 353 Leicestershire
214 Tandridge 349 Surrey
215 Lewes 347 East Sussex
216 Mole Valley 333 Surrey
217 West Lancashire 327 Lancashire
218 Cheshire East 322 Unitary authority Cheshire
219 Sevenoaks 322 Kent
220 Waveney 314 Suffolk
221 Shepway 311 Kent
222 Lichfield 311 Staffordshire
223 East Hertfordshire 307 Hertfordshire
224 East Staffordshire 301 Borough Staffordshire
225 South Derbyshire 296 Derbyshire
226 Rugby 295 Borough Warwickshire
227 Rushcliffe 281 Borough Nottinghamshire
228 Basingstoke and Deane 275 Borough Hampshire
229 South Staffordshire 272 Staffordshire
230 Horsham 260 West Sussex
231 Stroud 254 Gloucestershire
232 East Dorset 251 Dorset
233 Lancaster 249 City (1937) Lancashire
234 Taunton Deane 249 Borough Somerset
235 Cherwell 248 Oxfordshire
236 Braintree 246 Essex
237 New Forest 238 Hampshire
238 County Durham 234 Unitary authority County Durham
239 Broadland 230 Norfolk
240 East Hampshire 229 Hampshire
241 Stafford 224 Staffordshire
242 West Berkshire 222 Unitary authority Berkshire
243 Vale of White Horse 222 Oxfordshire
244 North Warwickshire 222 Borough Warwickshire
245 Ashford 217 Borough Kent
246 Sedgemoor 215 Somerset
247 Aylesbury Vale 213 Buckinghamshire
248 Tewkesbury 213 Borough Gloucestershire
249 South Oxfordshire 203 Oxfordshire
250 North Lincolnshire 201 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
251 Test Valley 194 Borough Hampshire
252 Huntingdonshire 193 Cambridgeshire
253 Teignbridge 192 Devon
254 Wealden 189 East Sussex
255 Wychavon 185 Worcestershire
256 Boston 185 Borough Lincolnshire
257 Winchester 184 City (TI) Hampshire
258 Newark and Sherwood 183 Nottinghamshire
259 Fenland 183 Cambridgeshire
260 Rother 183 East Sussex
261 Bassetlaw 180 Nottinghamshire
262 East Northamptonshire 178 Northamptonshire
263 Maldon 176 Essex
264 South Cambridgeshire 173 Cambridgeshire
265 South Somerset 172 Somerset
266 East Devon 171 Devon
267 St Edmundsbury 171 Borough Suffolk
268 Staffordshire Moorlands 170 Staffordshire
269 High Peak 170 Borough Derbyshire
270 Forest Heath 170 Suffolk
271 Forest of Dean 162 Gloucestershire
272 Cornwall 156 Unitary authority Cornwall
273 Mendip 152 Somerset
274 West Oxfordshire 152 Oxfordshire
275 Harborough 152 Leicestershire
276 Wiltshire 150 Unitary authority Wiltshire
277 Chichester 150 West Sussex
278 Babergh 150 Suffolk
279 South Kesteven 148 Lincolnshire
280 South Norfolk 146 Norfolk
281 Selby 144 North Yorkshire
282 Suffolk Coastal 141 Suffolk
283 South Northamptonshire 141 Northamptonshire
284 Isles of Scilly 141 sui generis Cornwall
285 East Riding of Yorkshire 140 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
286 East Cambridgeshire 134 Cambridgeshire
287 Uttlesford 134 Essex
288 Scarborough 132 Borough North Yorkshire
289 Malvern Hills 131 Worcestershire
290 Stratford-on-Avon 125 Warwickshire
291 South Holland 123 Lincolnshire
292 North Kesteven 122 Lincolnshire
293 Daventry 122 Northamptonshire
294 Harrogate 119 North Yorkshire
295 North Dorset 116 Dorset
296 Mid Suffolk 114 Suffolk
297 Purbeck 114 Dorset
298 North Norfolk 107 Norfolk
299 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 105 Borough Norfolk
300 Melton 105 Borough Leicestershire
301 Breckland 104 Norfolk
302 Carlisle 104 City (1133) Cumbria
303 Rutland 101 Unitary authority Rutland
304 Ribble Valley 100 Borough Lancashire

Less than 100 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
305 Shropshire 98 Unitary authority Shropshire
306 South Hams 95 Devon
307 Copeland 94 Borough Cumbria
308 West Dorset 93 Dorset
309 Derbyshire Dales 89 Derbyshire
311 Mid Devon 87 Devon
310 North Devon 87 Devon
312 Herefordshire 86 Unitary authority Herefordshire
313 West Lindsey 81 Lincolnshire
314 East Lindsey 78 Lincolnshire
315 Allerdale 78 Borough Cumbria
316 Cotswold 73 Gloucestershire
317 Hambleton 69 North Yorkshire
318 Torridge 68 Devon
319 South Lakeland 67 Cumbria
320 Northumberland 63 Unitary authority Northumberland
321 Craven 47 North Yorkshire
323 West Somerset 47 Somerset
322 West Devon 47 Borough Devon
324 Richmondshire 40 North Yorkshire
325 Ryedale 35 North Yorkshire
326 Eden 24 Cumbria

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