List of English districts by population density

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This is a list of districts of England ordered by population density, based on 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 15,322 London borough Greater London
2 Tower Hamlets 14,918 London borough Greater London
3 Hackney 14,121 London borough Greater London
4 Kensington and Chelsea 13,012 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
5 Lambeth 12,101 London borough Greater London
6 Westminster 11,274 London borough, City (1540) Greater London
7 Camden 11,062 London borough Greater London
8 Hammersmith and Fulham 10,939 London borough Greater London
9 Southwark 10,703 London borough Greater London

1,000 - 10,000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
10 Haringey 9,218 London borough Greater London
11 Newham 9,193 London borough Greater London
12 Wandsworth 9,181 London borough Greater London
13 Lewisham 8,458 London borough Greater London
14 Brent 7,495 London borough Greater London
15 Waltham Forest 6,987 London borough Greater London
16 Ealing 6,176 London borough Greater London
17 Greenwich 5,806 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
18 Barking and Dagenham 5,593 London borough Greater London
19 Merton 5,437 London borough Greater London
20 Redbridge 5,260 London borough Greater London
21 Portsmouth 5,242 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire
22 Southampton 4,999 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire
23 Luton 4,952 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
24 Harrow 4,897 London borough Greater London
25 Hounslow 4,801 London borough Greater London
26 Leicester 4,671 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire
27 Kingston upon Thames 4,657 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London
28 Manchester 4,585 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester
29 Sutton 4,564 London borough Greater London
30 Watford 4,498 Borough Hertfordshire
31 Slough 4,478 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
32 Croydon 4,382 London borough Greater London
33 Barnet 4,376 London borough Greater London
34 Liverpool 4,279 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside
35 Southend-on-Sea 4,279 Unitary authority, Borough Essex
36 Nottingham 4,274 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire
37 Bournemouth 4,212 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
38 Birmingham 4,149 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands
39 Bristol 4,095 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol
40 Enfield 4,063 London borough Greater London
41 Blackpool 4,005 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
42 Reading 4,003 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
43 Bexley 3,997 London borough Greater London
44 Sandwell 3,733 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
45 Wolverhampton 3,663 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands
46 Hull 3,624 Unitary authority, City (1897) East Riding of Yorkshire
47 Norwich 3,558 City (TI) Norfolk
48 Coventry 3,501 Metropolitan borough, City (1102) West Midlands
49 Oxford 3,499 City (1542) Oxfordshire
50 Brighton & Hove 3,445 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex
51 Ipswich 3,431 Borough Suffolk
52 Richmond upon Thames 3,391 London borough Greater London
53 Gosport 3,338 Borough Hampshire
54 Stevenage 3,329 Borough Hertfordshire
55 Worthing 3,312 Borough West Sussex
56 Plymouth 3,290 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon
57 Derby 3,258 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire
58 Dudley 3,230 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
59 Cambridge 3,216 City (1951) Cambridgeshire
60 Gloucester 3,135 City (1541) Gloucestershire
61 Hastings 3,078 Borough East Sussex
62 Worcester 3,044 City (TI) Worcestershire
63 City of London 3,020 City (TI), sui generis City of London
64 Harlow 2,796 Essex
65 Northampton 2,754 Borough Northamptonshire
66 Lincoln 2,719 City (TI) Lincolnshire
67 Exeter 2,706 City (TI) Devon
68 Stoke-on-Trent 2,692 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire
69 Walsall 2,655 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
70 Middlesbrough 2,588 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
71 Newcastle upon Tyne 2,581 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear
72 Hillingdon 2,573 London borough Greater London
73 Salford 2,526 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester
74 Cheltenham 2,506 Borough Gloucestershire
75 Tamworth 2,500 Borough Staffordshire
76 Crawley 2,465 Borough West Sussex
77 North Tyneside 2,459 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
78 Rushmoor 2,441 Borough Hampshire
79 Oadby and Wigston 2,372 Borough Leicestershire
80 Poole 2,324 Unitary authority, Borough Dorset
81 Eastbourne 2,320 Borough East Sussex
82 Epsom and Ewell 2,316 Borough Surrey
83 South Tyneside 2,308 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
84 Stockport 2,290 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
85 Havant 2,220 Borough Hampshire
86 Havering 2,217 London borough Greater London
87 Trafford 2,200 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
88 Spelthorne 2,193 Borough Surrey
89 Bromley 2,163 London borough Greater London
90 Tameside 2,149 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
91 Torbay 2,120 Unitary authority, Borough Devon
92 Wirral 2,043 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
93 Sunderland 2,016 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear
94 Bolton 2,014 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
95 Castle Point 1,978 Borough Essex
96 Bury 1,889 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
97 Broxbourne 1,870 Borough Hertfordshire
98 Sefton 1,765 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
99 Wigan 1,711 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
100 Knowsley 1,702 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
101 Basildon 1,651 Essex
102 Oldham 1,621 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
103 Eastleigh 1,617 Borough Hampshire
104 Halton 1,600 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
105 Nuneaton and Bedworth 1,599 Borough Warwickshire
106 Chesterfield 1,580 Borough Derbyshire
107 Woking 1,563 Borough Surrey
108 Redditch 1,562 Borough Worcestershire
109 Weymouth and Portland 1,559 Borough Dorset
110 Sheffield 1,548 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire
111 Fareham 1,546 Borough Hampshire
112 Adur 1,512 West Sussex
113 Bradford 1,449 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire
114 Medway 1,428 Unitary authority, Borough Kent
115 Dartford 1,427 Borough Kent
116 Gateshead 1,411 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear
117 Leeds 1,403 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire
118 Broxtowe 1,401 Borough Nottinghamshire
119 Elmbridge 1,395 Borough Surrey
120 Mansfield 1,389 Nottinghamshire
121 Rochdale 1,354 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester
122 Thanet 1,352 Kent
123 St Helens 1,302 Metropolitan borough Merseyside
124 Cannock Chase 1,249 Staffordshire
125 Solihull 1,180 Metropolitan borough West Midlands
126 Warrington 1,149 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire
127 Ashfield 1,127 Nottinghamshire
128 Reigate and Banstead 1,115 Borough Surrey
129 Hyndburn 1,099 Borough Lancashire
130 Runnymede 1,096 Borough Surrey
131 Bracknell Forest 1,087 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire
132 Gravesham 1,073 Borough Kent
133 Blackburn with Darwen 1,071 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire
134 Kirklees 1,063 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
135 Erewash 1,044 Borough Derbyshire
136 Three Rivers 1,032 Hertfordshire
137 Hertsmere 1,018 Borough Hertfordshire
138 Thurrock 1,010 Unitary authority, Borough Essex

100 - 1000 / km²[edit]

Rank District Density
(per km²)
Type of district Ceremonial county
139 Preston 993 City (2002) Lancashire
140 Hartlepool 988 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
141 Wakefield 985 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire
142 Christchurch 973 Borough Dorset
143 South Ribble 970 Borough Lancashire
144 Gedling 965 Borough Nottinghamshire
145 Stockton-on-Tees 950 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and North Yorkshire
146 Swindon 943 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire
147 Surrey Heath 926 Borough Surrey
148 Welwyn Hatfield 918 Hertfordshire
149 Rotherham 910 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
150 St Albans 904 City (1877) Hertfordshire
151 Wokingham 896 Unitary authority Berkshire
152 Barrow-in-Furness 865 Borough Cumbria
153 Milton Keynes 848 Unitary authority, Borough Buckinghamshire
154 Corby 832 Borough Northamptonshire
155 North East Lincolnshire 831 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
156 Burnley 789 Borough Lancashire
157 York 760 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire
158 Windsor and Maidenhead 751 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire
159 Blaby 739 Leicestershire
160 Barnsley 727 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
161 Dacorum 712 Borough Hertfordshire
162 Arun 704 West Sussex
163 Charnwood 633 Borough Leicestershire
164 Newcastle-under-Lyme 602 Borough Staffordshire
165 Telford and Wrekin 589 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire
166 Calderdale 572 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire
167 Great Yarmouth 565 Borough Norfolk
168 Peterborough 564 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire
169 North Somerset 561 Unitary authority Somerset
170 Colchester 558 Borough Essex
171 Chorley 557 Borough Lancashire
172 South Gloucestershire 552 Unitary authority Gloucestershire
173 Redcar and Cleveland 552 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire
174 Wycombe 542 Buckinghamshire
175 Guildford 539 Borough Surrey
176 Doncaster 536 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire
177 Bath and North East Somerset 534 Unitary authority Somerset
178 Darlington 533 Unitary authority, Borough Durham
179 Pendle 532 Borough Lancashire
180 Tonbridge and Malling 523 Borough Kent
181 Canterbury 517 City (TI) Kent
182 Wyre Forest 509 Worcestershire
183 Chelmsford 509 City (2012) Essex
184 Rossendale 503 Borough Lancashire
185 Rochford 502 Essex
186 Brentwood 496 Borough Essex
187 Warwick 494 Warwickshire
188 South Bucks 489 Buckinghamshire
189 Bolsover 485 Derbyshire
190 Chiltern 481 Buckinghamshire
191 Wellingborough 473 Borough Northamptonshire
192 Amber Valley 467 Borough Derbyshire
193 Fylde 466 Borough Lancashire
194 Bromsgrove 441 Worcestershire
195 Hart 436 Hampshire
196 Mid Sussex 436 West Sussex
197 Kettering 418 Borough Northamptonshire
198 Maidstone 418 Borough Kent
199 Tendring 418 Essex
200 Wyre 388 Borough Lancashire
201 Central Bedfordshire 382 Unitary authority Bedfordshire
202 Epping Forest 382 Essex
203 Swale 380 Borough Kent
204 Isle of Wight 366 Unitary authority, County Isle of Wight
205 Hinckley and Bosworth 365 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 350 Hertfordshire
211 Tunbridge Wells 350 Borough Kent
212 North West Leicestershire 348 Leicestershire
213 Bedford 348 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire
214 Tandridge 346 Surrey
215 Lewes 344 East Sussex
216 Mole Valley 333 Surrey
217 West Lancashire 325 Lancashire
218 Cheshire East 321 Unitary authority Cheshire
219 Sevenoaks 320 Kent
220 Waveney 313 Suffolk
221 Lichfield 310 Staffordshire
222 Shepway 308 Kent
223 East Hertfordshire 304 Hertfordshire
224 East Staffordshire 299 Borough Staffordshire
225 Rugby 294 Borough Warwickshire
226 South Derbyshire 293 Derbyshire
227 Rushcliffe 279 Borough Nottinghamshire
228 Basingstoke and Deane 274 Borough Hampshire
229 South Staffordshire 271 Staffordshire
230 Horsham 256 West Sussex
231 Stroud 253 Gloucestershire
232 East Dorset 250 Dorset
233 Cherwell 247 Oxfordshire
234 Lancaster 246 City (1937) Lancashire
235 Taunton Deane 246 Borough Somerset
236 Braintree 245 Essex
237 New Forest 237 Hampshire
238 County Durham 233 Unitary authority County Durham
239 East Hampshire 229 Hampshire
240 Broadland 229 Norfolk
241 Stafford 221 Staffordshire
242 West Berkshire 221 Unitary authority Berkshire
243 North Warwickshire 220 Borough Warwickshire
244 Vale of White Horse 219 Oxfordshire
245 Ashford 213 Borough Kent
246 Sedgemoor 213 Somerset
247 Tewkesbury 209 Borough Gloucestershire
248 Aylesbury Vale 209 Buckinghamshire
249 South Oxfordshire 202 Oxfordshire
250 North Lincolnshire 200 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire
251 Huntingdonshire 193 Cambridgeshire
252 Test Valley 192 Borough Hampshire
253 Teignbridge 191 Devon
254 Wealden 187 East Sussex
255 Boston 183 Borough Lincolnshire
256 Wychavon 183 Worcestershire
257 Rother 182 East Sussex
258 Winchester 182 City (TI) Hampshire
259 Newark and Sherwood 182 Nottinghamshire
260 Fenland 181 Cambridgeshire
261 Bassetlaw 179 Nottinghamshire
262 East Northamptonshire 176 Northamptonshire
263 Maldon 174 Essex
264 South Somerset 172 Somerset
265 South Cambridgeshire 171 Cambridgeshire
266 St Edmundsbury 171 Borough Suffolk
267 High Peak 169 Borough Derbyshire
268 Staffordshire Moorlands 169 Staffordshire
269 East Devon 169 Devon
270 Forest Heath 168 Suffolk
271 Forest of Dean 160 Gloucestershire
272 Cornwall 154 Unitary authority Cornwall
273 West Oxfordshire 152 Oxfordshire
274 Mendip 151 Somerset
275 Harborough 150 Leicestershire
276 Babergh 150 Suffolk
277 Wiltshire 149 Unitary authority Wiltshire
278 Chichester 148 West Sussex
279 South Kesteven 147 Lincolnshire
280 South Norfolk 144 Norfolk
281 Selby 143 North Yorkshire
282 Isles of Scilly 142 sui generis Cornwall
283 South Northamptonshire 140 Northamptonshire
284 Suffolk Coastal 140 Suffolk
285 East Riding of Yorkshire 139 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire
286 East Cambridgeshire 134 Cambridgeshire
287 Uttlesford 132 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 120 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 105 Borough Leicestershire
300 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 104 Borough Norfolk
301 Carlisle 104 City (1133) Cumbria
302 Breckland 103 Norfolk
303 Ribble Valley 100 Borough Lancashire
304 Rutland 99 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 89 Derbyshire
310 Mid Devon 87 Devon
311 North Devon 86 Devon
312 Herefordshire 86 Unitary authority Herefordshire
313 West Lindsey 80 Lincolnshire
314 East Lindsey 78 Lincolnshire
315 Allerdale 77 Borough Cumbria
316 Cotswold 73 Gloucestershire
317 Hambleton 68 North Yorkshire
318 South Lakeland 67 Cumbria
319 Torridge 67 Devon
320 Northumberland 62 Unitary authority Northumberland
321 Craven 47 North Yorkshire
322 West Somerset 47 Somerset
323 West Devon 46 Borough Devon
324 Richmondshire 39 North Yorkshire
325 Ryedale 35 North Yorkshire
326 Eden 24 Cumbria

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