List of smallest cities in the United Kingdom

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This list displays the official cities in the United Kingdom with a population of less than 100,000 since the 2001 census. For the list of all cities, and with additional information, see List of cities in the United Kingdom.

Lichfield, Hereford and Salisbury, in addition to being some of the smallest cities in England, are among the most populous civil parishes.

# City Population Home Nation County Area (sq mi)1 Area (sq km)1
Census 2001 Census 2011 Body2 Locale3 Body2 Locale3
1 St Davids 1,797[1] 1,841 Wales Pembrokeshire 17.88 0.23 46.3 0.595
2 St Asaph 3,491 3,355 Wales Denbighshire 2.49 0.50 6.44 1.30
3 City of London 7,185[2] 8,072 England City of London 1.12 1.12 2.9 2.9
4 Wells 10,406[3] 10,536 England Somerset 2.11 1.35 5.47 3.50
5 Armagh 14,590 14,749 Northern Ireland County Armagh 3.97 10.29
6 Ripon 15,922[4] 16,702 England North Yorkshire 3.83 1.97 9.93 5.10
7 Truro 17,431[5] 18,766 England Cornwall 4.15 2.83 10.74 7.33
8 Bangor 13,725[6] 18,810 Wales Gwynedd 2.79 1.65 7.23 4.28
9 Ely 15,102[7] 20,256 England Cambridgeshire 22.86 1.84 59.21 4.76
10 Chichester 23,731[8] 26,795 England West Sussex 4.12 4.27 10.66 11.06
11 Newry 27,433 26,967 Northern Ireland County Armagh & County Down 5.43 14.06
12 Lichfield 27,900[9] 32,219 England Staffordshire 5.41 3.35 14.02 8.67
13 Salisbury 39,726[10][11] 40,302 England Wiltshire 7.14 4.36 18.48 11.28
14 Winchester 41,420[12] 45,184 England Hampshire 255.24 4.76 661.07 12.32
15 Lisburn 71,465 45,370[13] Northern Ireland County Antrim & County Down 7.53 19.51
16 Stirling 45,115 45,750 Scotland Stirling 7.91 20.48
17 Perth 43,450 46,970[14] Scotland Perth & Kinross 6.71 17.38
18 Durham 87,709[15] 50,400[16] England County Durham 5.564 4.96 14.424 12.86
19 Canterbury 43,432 55,240 England Kent 123.89 5.09 320.88 13.19
20 St Albans 64,038[17] 57,795 England Hertfordshire 62.23 7.20 161.18 18.65
21 Hereford 50,154[18] 58,896[19] England Herefordshire 7.85 6.58 20.34 17.05
22 Inverness 71,000 61,235[20][21] Scotland Highland 10.28 26.63
23 Carlisle 71,465 75,306 England Cumbria 407.09 7.76 1054.35 20.11
24 Chester 77,040[22] 79,645[23] England Cheshire 9.85 25.52
25 Derry 83,652 85,016 Northern Ireland County Londonderry 13.10 33.94
26 Bath 83,992[24] 88,859 England Somerset 11.07 28.67
27 Lincoln 85,595[25] 93,541 England Lincolnshire 13.78 12.61 35.69 32.65
28 Worcester 93,353[26] 97,700[27] England Worcestershire 12.85 9.52 33.27 24.66

Notes[edit]

  • ^1 Scotland cities post-2000 area figures are taken from the Scotland Census site and settlement size used as local government areas there are not required to hold the city designation for their full area[28]
  • ^2 The area (body) measurement is the size of a localised council area holder of the city designation, if there is one. See the table in the List of cities in the United Kingdom for the local government status of these bodies. These council area borders are typically well-defined, so used as a primary sizing definition.
  • ^3 The area (locale) reflects the built up area that most closely covers the urban size of the named city settlement. It is listed as a comparator figure to the public body measurement given. It is used in lieu of the body size where there is no local government entity, e.g. city charter trustees or cities designated by their urban area only. This is a secondary method of determining physical size; relatively fewer cities are explicitly defined by this, and their urban area can extend beyond the city boundary.
  • ^4 The City of Durham was parished in 2018, but city charter trustees still continue to exist, and so hold the charter on behalf of the city. The title is not held by its council.[29][30][31] Size is of the parish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census 2001 : Pembrokeshire
  2. ^ Census 2001 : City of London
  3. ^ Census 2001 : Mendip
  4. ^ Census 2001 : Harrogate
  5. ^ Census 2001 : Carrick
  6. ^ Census 2001 : Gwynedd Archived 2010-09-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Census 2001 : East Cambridgeshire
  8. ^ Census 2001 : Chichester
  9. ^ Census 2001 : Lichfield
  10. ^ Census 2001 : Salisbury (Former Local Authority)
  11. ^ Census 2001 : Salisbury
  12. ^ "KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas". National Statistics. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Key Statistics" (PDF). www.niassembly.gov.uk. 
  14. ^ "Perth & Kinross Council - Census 2011 (3 Perth wards)". www.pkc.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  15. ^ Census 2001 : Durham
  16. ^ 2015 est. "About Us". www.durham.gov.uk. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  18. ^ Census 2001 : Herefordshire
  19. ^ "2011 CENSUS KEY STATISTICS - Hereford City" (PDF). factsandfigures.herefordshire.gov.uk/about-your-area/2011-census-market-town-profiles.aspx. 
  20. ^ Butlin, Heather. "Highland profile - key facts and figures". www.highland.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  21. ^ Council, The Highland. "The Highland Council download - Briefing notes | Planning and building standards | Planning - policies, advice and service levels". www.highland.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  22. ^ "Demographics" (PDF). Cheshire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008. 
  23. ^ "Locality Chester People and Population Profile Census 2011". inside.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk. 
  24. ^ Bathnes.gov.uk Archived 2007-12-20 at the Wayback Machine., Bath and North East Somerset District Council: Population Statistics
  25. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Key Statistics : City of Lincoln Retrieved 2009-11-22
  26. ^ Census 2001 : Worcester
  27. ^ Lemon, Sarah. "Population Statistics". www.worcestershire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  28. ^ "Department for Culture Media and Sport - civic honours competitions". old.culture.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-05-02. Applications can only be made in respect of the whole of the local authority area, except in Scotland, where the award of city status operates differently because of differences in the legislation underpinning local government. 
  29. ^ "What you need to know about a new parish council for Durham city centre". The Northern Echo. 
  30. ^ "Review of Community Governance in the Unparished Area of Durham City carried out by Durham County Council Final Recommendations (No Parishing Arrangements)" (PDF). www.durham.gov.uk. 
  31. ^ "Review of Community Governance in the Central Unparished areas of Durham by Durham County Council" (PDF). www.durham.gov.uk.