Milton Keynes urban area

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Population trend of Borough and Urban Area 1801–2011

Milton Keynes is a large town[note 1] in (ceremonial) Buckinghamshire. The Milton Keynes urban area or Milton Keynes Built-up Area is a designation established by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics.[1] As with other urban areas, it includes settlements that regard themselves as being outside Milton Keynes.

2011 Urban sub-areas[edit]

These are the subdivisions of the Milton Keynes urban area (built-up area):

Urban subdivision Population (2011 census)[2]
"Milton Keynes" (sic)* 171,750
Bletchley 37,114
Newport Pagnell 15,118
Woburn Sands 5,959
Total 229,941

* This figure is for the remainder of Milton Keynes after deducting Bletchley, which has been part of Milton Keynes since its designation in 1967. The ONS does not give any reason for having done this.

2001 Urban sub-areas[edit]

Unlike other long established towns and cities that have historic boundaries which the ONS had been using, Milton Keynes does not have any such readily usable boundaries and consequently it was assigned a number of new urban sub-areas. Accordingly, it defined a 'Milton Keynes urban area' composed of the contiguous built environment, with 'urban sub-areas' that map to the original urban and rural districts (and sometimes to the chronological phases of urbanisation within them).

Some of the "Urban Sub-areas" largely match the boundaries of the legacy local government areas that existed before its 1967 designation as a "new town". These were:

The corresponding modern Urban Sub-areas (with links to the relevant articles) were

Newport Pagnell Rural was subdivided as development proceeded

The fragment of Winslow Rural in the designated area, Shenley Church End, was added to "Central Milton Keynes Urban Sub-area".

Note that the areas covered by these Urban Sub-area designations are larger (sometimes far larger) than the modern districts that share their names. This is particularly true of Central Milton Keynes US-a.

Calculation of population[edit]

The population of Milton Keynes's Built-up Area was 229,941 according to the 2011 census.[2] This was an increase of almost 25% on the population recorded in the 2001 census of 184,506.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Part 1, Table KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas
    For the OS definition of an Urban Area, see the notes tab on the Excel version.
  2. ^ a b "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Census 2001 Key Statistics, Urban areas in England and Wales". ONS. Retrieved 3 July 2013.


  1. ^ Although Milton Keynes was specified to be a city in scale and the term "city" is used locally (inter alia to avoid confusion with its constituent towns), formally this title cannot be used. This is because conferment of city status in the United Kingdom is a Royal prerogative.

Coordinates: 52°04′29″N 0°44′04″W / 52.07476°N 0.73450°W / 52.07476; -0.73450