List of Greater Manchester settlements by population

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The 26 largest settlements of the county of Greater Manchester, with cities in bold, district centres in yellow, and key towns and areas in white.


This is a list of settlements in Greater Manchester by population based on the results of the 2011 census. The next United Kingdom census will take place in 2021. In 2011, there were 61 built-up area subdivisions with 5,000 or more inhabitants in Greater Manchester, shown in the table below.

Administrative boundaries[edit]

Greater Manchester numbered districts.svg

Table taken from the Greater Manchester article:

Metropolitan county Metropolitan district Centre of administration Other components
Greater Manchester 1 Manchester GreaterManchesterManchester.png Manchester
(City Centre)
Blackley, Burnage, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Didsbury, Ringway, Withington, Wythenshawe
2 Stockport GreaterManchesterStockport.png Stockport Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle, Gatley, Hazel Grove, Marple, Reddish, Romiley
3 Tameside GreaterManchesterTameside.png Ashton-under-Lyne Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Longdendale, Mossley, Stalybridge
4 Oldham GreaterManchesterOldham.png Oldham Chadderton, Shaw and Crompton, Failsworth, Lees, Royton, Saddleworth
5 Rochdale GreaterManchesterRochdale.png Rochdale Heywood, Littleborough, Middleton, Milnrow, Newhey, Wardle
6 Bury GreaterManchesterBury.png Bury Prestwich, Radcliffe, Ramsbottom, Tottington, Whitefield
7 Bolton GreaterManchesterBolton.png Bolton Blackrod, Farnworth, Horwich, Kearsley, Little Lever, South Turton, Westhoughton
8 Wigan GreaterManchesterWigan.png Wigan Abram, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Aspull, Astley, Atherton, Bryn, Golborne, Higher End, Hindley, Ince-in-Makerfield, Leigh, Orrell, Standish-with-Langtree, Shevington, Tyldesley, Winstanley
9 Salford GreaterManchesterSalford.png Swinton Eccles, Walkden, Worsley, Salford, Irlam, Pendlebury, Cadishead
10 Trafford GreaterManchesterTrafford.png Stretford Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale, Old Trafford, Sale, Urmston

Population ranking[edit]

# Settlement Population[1]
Census 2001 Census 2011
1 Manchester (see notes) 405,300 510,746
2 Bolton 182,980 194,189
3 Sale 122,990 134,022
4 Rochdale 102,080 107,926
5 Stockport 106,170 105,878
6 Salford 88,460 103,886
7 Wigan 98,480 103,608
8 Oldham 91,600 96,555
9 Bury 74,540 77,211
10 Leigh/Atherton 65,980 70,542
11 Altrincham 46,460 52,419
12 Ashton-under-Lyne 43,240 45,198
13 Middleton 42,625 42,972
14 Urmston 41,263 41,825
15 Eccles 37,861 38,756
16 Denton 36,877 36,591
17 Chadderton 33,000 34,818
18 Romiley 34,926 34,696
19 Hyde 31,610 34,003
20 Radcliffe 28,960 29,950
21 Ashton-in-Makerfield 28,856 28,762
22 Heywood 28,330 28,205
23 Farnworth 25,677 26,939
24 Stretford 24,842 26,813
25 Stalybridge 24,900 26,482
26 Swinton 25,046 25,362
27 Hindley 22,920 24,497
28 Cheadle Hulme 24,495 24,362
29 Golborne 23,119 24,167
30 Droylsden 24,170 24,134
31 Westhoughton 22,190 24,126
32 Royton 23,670 23,812
33 Walkden 20,847 21,194
34 Gatley 20,583 20,997
35 Whitefield 20,877 20,975
36 Dukinfield 20,507 20,909
37 Irlam 19,020 19,933
38 Horwich 18,610 19,492
39 Hazel Grove 19,153 19,365
40 Failsworth 19,279 18,844
41 Shaw 19,335 18,815
42 Marple 18,742 18,241
43 Ramsbottom 17,900 17,872
44 Bramhall 17,747 17,436
45 Hale 15,316 16,624
46 Tyldesley 15,583 16,142
47 Standish 13,580 13,701
48 Cheadle 13,374 13,467
49 Uppermill 12,647 13,448
50 Lees 12,600 13,062
51 Little Lever 12,570 12,803
52 Littleborough 12,260 12,370
53 Ince-in-Makerfield 10,680 12,243
54 Kearsley 10,460 11,150
55 Mossley 9,710 10,772
56 Platt Bridge/Abram 9,010 10,315
57 Milnrow 9,896 10,015
58 Worsley 9,465 9,108
59 Partington 7,327 7,912
60 Shevington Vale/Appley Bridge

(see notes below)

5,155 5,197
61 Shevington 5,292 5,114
62 Aspull 4,977 4,899
63 Hattersley 4,777 4,825
64 High Lane 4,772 4,608
65 Blackrod 4,975 4,548

Notes:

  • Prestwich (Bury) included in count.
  • Shevington Vale merges into Appleby Bridge which is in Lancashire, their population has been added to the ONS statistics.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greater Manchester (Metropolitan County, North West England, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2016-11-10.

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