- List of towns and cities in England by population
This is a list of the largest cities and towns of England ordered by population. The populations are 2001 census figures from the
Office for National Statistics(ONS), using the Key Statistics for Urban Areas figures, that attempt to divorce the populations of towns and cities from the Local Authority district(s) that they are contained within [ [http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=8271&Pos=2&ColRank=1&Rank=224 Office for National Statistics] ] . These have been sorted with populations greater than 100,000.
These figures are not the population of local government areas such as city or borough council areas, for these see
List of English districts by population. In some examples where the Local Authorityhas very limited boundaries, the population of some outside suburbshas been included by the ONS; in other cases, where the Local Authority has very generously-drawn boundaries, the population of rural areas within the boundary has been excluded. In some cases, suburbs of towns that are within the local authority boundary, but have been recognised by ONS as separate settlements within the larger urban area, have been excluded from the figure (e.g. Beaumont Leysnot counted towards Leicester, and Clifton not counted towards Nottingham). In many areas rather than follow modern local authority boundaries, the figures follow pre-1974 local government boundaries [ [http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/glossary.asp#urban ONS glossary : urban area] ] (for example, Oldbury/ Smethwickare counted as a single unit, corresponding to the pre-1974 County Borough of Warley).
These figures, on the other hand, should also not be confused with the population of
conurbations. The original ONS statistics were calculated and presented in that format; but in this list urban areas and urban sub-divisions recognised as towns with a population greater than 100,000 have been extracted and listed separately. Thus, for instance, the Greater Manchester Urban Areahas a far larger population than that accredited to Manchesterhere; this list counts towns such as Salford, Sale and Stockportseparately.
This system has not, however, been followed with respect to London. The population given is for the administrative area of
Greater London(that is the 32 London Boroughs and London only and "not" the entire Greater London Urban Areaidentified by the ONS) as this would include places like Watfordand Wokingwhich are distinct and separate towns.
This internal inconsistency in its tabulation explains why the list shows such a steep drop-off after London. The actual
City of Londononly has a 2001 census population of 7,185, whilst the administrative area of Greater Londonhas a population of 7,172,091.
new towns Telfordand Milton Keynesare given the Urban Area figures, as there are no appropriate Urban Subdivision figures given.
; Notes :† – population is given for entire urban area, as "urban subdivision" figures were not considered useful.
:†† – the actual name of the Urban Subdivision is Cambridge/Milton, the population of the Parish of Milton (code 12UG072 in the ONS 2001 Census publication "Key Statistics for parishes in England and communities in Wales" published 16 March 2004) is given as 4,275. This figure has been deducted from the Urban Subdivision figure of 117,717 to show the population of Cambridge alone.
List of English districts by population
List of English counties by population
List of Ceremonial counties of England by Population
List of towns and cities in England by historical population
List of English districts by area
List of English districts by ethnic diversity
List of conurbations in the United Kingdom
List of largest United Kingdom settlements by population
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