Nottingham Urban Area

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Nottingham Urban Area map in 2001.
Map featuring roads and county boundaries.
Boundaries in 2011 showing Nottingham (red) and Derby (purple), with near convergence of surrounding BUA's - Mansfield (yellow}, Alfreton/South Normanton (light purple), Selston/Brinsley (light blue), Belper (dark blue), Heage/Crich (dark green), Kilburn (light green)

The Nottingham Built-up Area (BUA), or Nottingham Urban Area, is an area of land defined by the Office for National Statistics as which is built upon, with nearby areas linked if within 200 metres - see the List of urban areas in the United Kingdom article. It consists of the city of Nottingham and the adjoining urban areas of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, in the East Midlands of England. It had a total population of 729,977 at the time of the 2011 census.[1] An increase of almost 10% since the 2001 census recorded population of 666,358;[2] comprising population increases/reductions in 2001 areas plus the newly additional sub-divisions of Stapleford, Sandiacre, West Hallam and Awsworth.


The Nottingham Urban Area is bounded to the west by a narrow gap between Draycott (to the west of the Breaston urban area sub-division) and Borrowash. In the 1991 census, Ilkeston was considered outside of the Nottingham Urban Area.[3] Clifton is within the current city boundaries but is considered separately for ONS purposes.

Greater Nottingham is largely within the three districts of Rushcliffe, Broxtowe and Gedling surrounding the city, though the area spills into the Nottinghamshire district of Ashfield, and also to the Amber Valley and Erewash districts of Derbyshire. The Nottingham Urban Area is, by the ONS' figures, the 8th largest in England, with a size between that of the Tyneside Built-up area and Sheffield Urban Area.

The Heanor/Ripley north-western extension has a somewhat tenuous linkage through to the core of Nottingham City and might warrant inclusion in a wider city region rather than in the Nottingham Urban Area, especially as the extension falls into Derbyshire. In the future, these towns may be associated with rather an incipient Derby Urban Area or even tend towards the rural.

Urban Subdivision Population District County
2001 census 2011 census
Nottingham 249,584 305,680 City of Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Beeston 66,683 51,479 Broxtowe Nottinghamshire
Carlton 48,493 49,235 Gedling Nottinghamshire
Long Eaton 46,490 37,760 Erewash Derbyshire
West Bridgford 43,395 45,509 Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire
Arnold 37,402 37,768 Gedling Nottinghamshire
Ilkeston 37,270 38,640 Erewash Derbyshire
Hucknall 29,188 32,107 Ashfield Nottinghamshire
Heanor 22,620 25,644 Amber Valley Derbyshire
Clifton 22,312 22,407 City of Nottingham Nottinghamshire
Eastwood 18,612 18,422 Broxtowe Nottinghamshire
Ripley 18,523 19,315 Amber Valley Derbyshire
Stapleford 16,190 Broxtowe Nottinghamshire
Kimberley 11,027 11,353 Broxtowe Nottinghamshire
Sandiacre 9,600 Erewash Derbyshire
Breaston 7,305 7,545 Erewash Derbyshire
Ruddington 6,264 7,020 Rushcliffe Nottinghamshire
West Hallam 6,016 Erewash Derbyshire
Awsworth 2,517 Broxtowe Nottinghamshire
Total Urban Area 666,358 744,207


  • At the time of the 2001 census Awsworth and West Hallam were not part of the Nottingham Urban Area.
  • At the time of the 2001 census the Beeston subdivision included Stapleford and was named Beeston and Stapleford.
  • In the 2001 census Sandiacre was included as part of the Long Eaton subdivision.

Greater Nottingham Partnership[edit]

The local authorities collaborate in some ways. The Greater Nottingham Partnership considers Greater Nottingham to consist of the City of Nottingham plus the entirety of the Rushcliffe, Broxtowe and Gedling boroughs, along with Hucknall from Ashfield, but no part of Derbyshire, as no Derbyshire council is a member of the Partnership.[4]

Nottingham-Derby metropolitan area[edit]

The conurbation forms a large part of the Nottingham-Derby metropolitan area, which has an estimated population of 1.5 million.[5] The urban areas of both Derby and Nottingham are almost continuous with Draycott (part of the Breaston Urban sub-division) being almost continuous with Borrowash part of the Derby Urban Area.[6] The Mansfield Urban Area also forms part of this metropolitan area. This Urban Area is not continuous with the Nottingham Urban Area. However, it is almost continuous with the Alfreton Urban Area, which had a population of 41,289 according to the last census,[6] with the South Normanton/Pinxton Urban sub-division of the Alfreton Urban Area being almost continuous with the Sutton-in-Ashfield Urban sub-division of the Mansfield Urban Area. The Alfreton Urban Area is also nearly continuous with Ripley part of the Nottingham Urban Area. See the maps above for a demonstration of these BUAs in close proximity.

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Coordinates: 52°58′N 1°09′W / 52.96°N 1.15°W / 52.96; -1.15