List of towns and cities in Devon by population

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1. Plymouth 256,384 (6%) 2. Exeter 117,773 (6%) 3. Torquay 65,245 (2%) 4. Paignton 49,021 (2%) 5. Exmouth 34,432 (4%) 6. Barnstaple 24,033 (14%) 7. Newton Abbot 24,029 (2%) 8. Tiverton 21,335 (13%) 9. Brixham 16,693 (-5%) 10. Bideford 16,610 (13%) 11. Teignmouth 14,749 (2%) 12. Sidmouth 13,737 (4%) 13. Dawlish 13,161 (0%) 14. Tavistock 12,280 (6%) 15. Northam 12,062 (9%) 16. Ivybridge 11,851 (-2%) 17. Ilfracombe 11,509 (6%) 18. Honiton 11,156 (3%) 19. Kingsteignton 10,451 (-2%) 20. Cullompton 8,499 (11%) 21. Crediton 7,600 (10%) 22. Totnes 7,456 (0%) 23. Bovey Tracey 7,168 (3%) 24. Okehampton 7,104 (18%) 25. Seaton 7,096 (4%) 26. Axminster 6,557 (14%) 27. Kingsbridge 5,887 (6%) 28. Great Torrington 5,714 (8%) 29. Dartmouth 5,605 (2%) 30. Budleigh Salterton 5,185 (7%) 31. Ottery St. Mary 4,898 (11%) 32. South Molton 4,875 (16%) 33. Chudleigh 4,378 (12%) 34. Ashburton 4,087 (4%) 35. Buckfastleigh 3,631 (-1%) 36. Exminster 3,616 (9%) 37. Colyton 3,165 (6%) 38. Holsworthy 2,641 (15%) 39. Bradninch 2,206 (13%) 40. Salcombe 1,909 (1%) 41. North Tawton 1,859 (16%) 42. Hatherleigh 1,729 (25%) 43. Hartland 1,724 (3%) 44. Moretonhampstead 1,703 (10%) 45. Chagford 1,449 (-1%) 46. Chulmleigh 1,323 (1%) 47. Beer 1,317 (-5%)
Interactive map showing the location of the towns and cities within Devon. The size of the circle corresponds to the size of its 2011 population and the shade of blue or red to its population growth or decline respectively.

This list is of towns and cities in Devon in order of their population, according to the 2011 census data from the Office for National Statistics. It comprises the Key Statistics for local authorities, civil parishes and wards that attempt to show their populations. The largest settlement in Devon is the city and unitary authority of Plymouth with a population of 256,720, whereas the smallest settlement was the town and civil parish of Beer with a population of 1,317. The city of Exeter, which is home to Exeter Cathedral, is the county town and headquarters of Devon County Council. The ceremonial county of Devon includes unitary authority areas such as Plymouth and Torbay, but the non-metropolitan county of Devon excludes such unitary authority areas. It is governed by Devon County Council, whereas Plymouth and Torbay can govern themselves on matters such as transport and education.

Traditionally a town is any settlement which has received a charter of incorporation, more commonly known as a town charter, approved by the monarch. However, since 1974, any civil parish has the right to declare itself as a town. Prior to 1888, city status was given to settlements home to a cathedral of the Church of England such as Exeter. After 1888 it was no longer a necessary condition, leading to Plymouth gaining city-status in 1928. Historical towns such as Plympton, Stonehouse and Devonport, which were merged into the city of Plymouth, have not been included, as well as Topsham, which became a part of Exeter's urban district, and St Marychurch, which was annexed by Torquay. However, the unitary authority area of Torbay recognises the three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The ward for Ottery St Mary is also included, as it is titled Ottery St Mary Town.

Changes to population structures have, however, led to explosions in non-traditional settlements that do not fall into traditional, bureaucratic definitions of 'towns'. Several villages, which are not included in this list, have grown steadily and are more populous than many towns. For example, the ward of Fremington, with a population of 4,310.[1] would be ranked 34 whilst its neighbour Braunton civil parish, with a population of 8,128,[2] would be ranked 21.

2011 rank Town/city 2011 population[3] 2001 population[4] Increase since 2001 Notes Image
1 Plymouth 256,384 240,720 6.1% City and unitary authority, which includes the suburbs of Plympton and Plymstock. Plympton used to be a separate town and Plymstock is a parish. Plymouth Barbican and harbour.jpg
2 Exeter 117,773 111,076 5.7% City, urban district and the county town (capital) of Devon Exeter panorama 1.jpg
3 Torquay 65,245[5] 63,998[6] 1.9% Part of the unitary authority of Torbay Torquay.devon.750pix.jpg
4 Paignton 49,021[5] 48,251[6] 1.6% Part of the unitary authority of Torbay Paignton beach.jpg
5 Exmouth 34,432 32,972 4.2% Civil parish Exmouth from Dawlish Warren.jpg
6 Barnstaple 24,033 20,724 13.8% Civil parish Barnstaple Long Bridge and surrounding buildings - geograph.org.uk - 1754403.jpg
7 Newton Abbot 24,029 23,580 1.9% Civil parish Newton abbot view.jpg
8 Tiverton 21,335 18,621 12.7% Civil parish River Exe.jpg
9 Brixham 16,693[5] 17,457[6] -4.6% Civil parish; part of the unitary authority of Torbay.[7] Brixham.devon.750pix.jpg
10 Bideford 16,610 14,407 13.3% Civil parish Bideford-Devon.jpg
11 Teignmouth 14,749 14,413 2.3% Civil parish TeignmouthHarbour.JPG
12 Sidmouth 13,737 13,135 4.4% Civil parish Sidmouth, devon.jpg
13 Dawlish 13,161 13,135 0.2% Civil parish Dawlish 2.jpg
14 Tavistock 12,280 11,604 5.5% Civil parish West Street, Tavistock - geograph.org.uk - 193504.jpg
15 Northam 12,062 11,018 8.7% Civil parish Northam Church by Roger A Smith.jpg
16 Ivybridge 11,851 12,056 -1.7% Civil parish Fore Street at Ivybridge.jpg
17 Ilfracombe 11,509 10,840 5.8% Civil parish Ilfracombe.jpg
18 Honiton 11,156 10,857 2.7% Civil parish Honiton from the south east.jpg
19 Kingsteignton 10,451 10,615 -1.6% Civil parish Kingsteignton Street - geograph.org.uk - 89779.jpg
20 Cullompton 8,499 7,609 10.5% Civil parish 057332 cdaaab8b-by-Martin-Bodman.jpg
21 Crediton 7,600 6,837 10.0% Civil parish Crediton, Union Road from Union Terrace - geograph.org.uk - 958292.jpg
22 Totnes 7,456 7,444 0.2% Civil parish Totnes High Street.jpg
23 Bovey Tracey 7,168 6,929 3.3% Civil parish Bovey Tracey Fore Street.jpg
24 Okehampton 7,104 5,846 17.7% Civil parish Okehampton former A30.jpg
25 Seaton 7,096 6,798 4.2% Civil parish Seaton sea front in devon arp.jpg
26 Axminster 6,557 5,626 14.2% Civil parish Axminster Town.JPG
27 Kingsbridge 5,887 5,521 6.2% Civil parish Fore Street, Kingsbridge.jpg
28 Great Torrington 5,714 5,279 7.6% Civil parish Great Torrington Pannier Market on South Street - geograph.org.uk - 1508382.jpg
29 Dartmouth 5,605 5,512 1.7% Civil parish Dartmouth.town.750pix.jpg
30 Budleigh Salterton 5,185 4,801 7.4% Civil parish Budleigh Salterton2.JPG
31 Ottery St. Mary 4,898 4,366 10.9% Ward, which refers to Ottery St Mary as a "town". Otterystmarychurch.jpg
32 South Molton 4,875 4,093 16.0% Civil parish South Molton The Square.jpg
33 Chudleigh 4,378 3,846 12.2% Civil parish Chudleigh.jpg
34 Ashburton 4,087 3,909 4.4% Civil parish West Street , Ashburton.jpg
35 Buckfastleigh 3,631 3,661 -0.8% Civil parish BuckfastleighRoad.JPG
36 Exminster 3,616 3,310 8.5% Civil parish Exminster station.jpg
37 Colyton 3,165 2,964 6.4% Civil parish including Colyford Colyton-standrew.jpg
38 Holsworthy 2,641 2,256 14.6% Civil parish Holsworthy Town.jpg
39 Bradninch 2,206 1,916 13.1% Civil parish Bradninch.jan.2006.png
40 Salcombe 1,909 1,893 0.8% Civil parish Salcombe.jpg
41 North Tawton 1,859 1,570 15.5% Civil parish North Tawton Square.jpg
42 Hatherleigh 1,729 1,306 24.5% Civil parish Churchyard, Hatherleigh.jpg
43 Hartland 1,724 1,676 2.8% Civil parish Stnectan.jpg
44 Moretonhampstead 1,703 1,536 9.8% Civil parish Flower decoration - Court Street Moretonhampstead.jpg
45 Chagford 1,449 1,470 -1.4% Civil parish Chagford's famous ironmongery stores, Webbers and Bowdens.jpg
46 Chulmleigh 1,323 1,308 1.1% Civil parish Chulmleigh - main street - geograph.org.uk - 420150.jpg
47 Beer 1,317 1,381 -4.9% Civil parish Beer Devon Common Lane.jpg

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics: Braunton". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  3. ^ "2011 Population: All Usual Residents". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2011-03-27. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: All people". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  5. ^ a b c "Census 2011 - Torbay Profile". Torbay Council. 3 July 2013. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2017.  (Word document)
  6. ^ a b c "Key Statistics for Tobray — May 2005" (PDF). Census 2001. The Consultation and Research Team, Torbay Council. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  7. ^ "Brixham Town Council". Torbay Council. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 

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