Greater Glasgow

Greater Glasgow

Infobox UK place
official_name = Greater Glasgow
gaelic_name = Glaschu
scots_name = Glesca, Glesga
local_name =

static_image_caption= Satellite image showing the Greater Glasgow Area
country = Scotland
map_type = Scotland
statistic1= 1,199,629
statistic_title1 = Urban
population_density= nowrap|Pop density mi2 to km2|8541.8|abbr=yes|precision=1
os_grid_reference= NS590655
language= English
area_footnotes =cite web |url= |title=Analyser UV02 |accessdate=2007-08-04 |format= |work= ]
area_total_sq_mi =67.76
postcode_area= G, PA
postcode_district= G1–G83
dial_code= 0141, 01236, 01355, 01360, 01389, 01505, 01698
website= |

Greater Glasgow is the conurbation that includes and surrounds the city of Glasgow in the west of Scotland. It has a population of 1,199,629 at the 2001 censuscite web |url= |title=Key Statistics for Settlements and Localities Scotland |publisher=General Register Office for Scotland|accessdate=2008-09-08] making it the largest urban area in Scotland and the fifth largest in the United Kingdom. [ [ The UK’s major urban areas] Office for National Statistics, 2005]

In addition to the conurbation, Greater Glasgow is used to mean the general area around the city, with various definitions being in use.

The City of Glasgow in the late 19th and early 20th centuries grew to having a population of over one million people and was the third city in Europe to reach one million, after London and Paris. [] The official population stayed well over one million for more than 150 years. [ [ Glasgow Scotland through time | Population Statistics | Total Population ] ] However, in the 1960s large-scale relocation to new towns in the suburban area of the city and many boundary changes since then have reduced the population of the core City of Glasgow council area to 580,690 (August 2007).


In 1973, the "Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive" was created to take over control of Glasgow Corporation Transport (which included the Glasgow Subway). Following local government reorganisation in 1975, control subsequently passed to Strathclyde Regional Council. The former PTE is now the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, within Transport Scotland.

The Glasgow conurbation is served by the largest urban rail network in the UK outside of London, [ [ Rail services in the SPT area ] ] with 186 rail stations in the Greater Glasgow area. The city is served by the only metro system in Scotland, the Glasgow Subway; and by two international airports, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport [ [ Glasgow Prestwick Airport ] ] and Glasgow International Airport. [ [ BAA Glasgow: Welcome to Glasgow Airport ] ]

Postal Codes

Following the local government boundary changes in 1996 and the creation of unitary councils in Scotland, replacing the former regional and district councils, the Greater Glasgow Settlement Area or Urban Area was created for the 2001 Census from groups of neighboring urban postcodes grouped so that each group of postcode unit contains at least a given number of addresses per unit area, and the group contains at least 500 residents.


The Urban Area includes the following localities: [ [ Key Statistics for Settlements and Localities Scotland] General Register Office for Scotland]

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Conurbation

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Conurbation is a term used to describe a collection of local government districts clustered around Glasgow. [cite web
url=| title=Glasgow and Clyde Valley Structure Plan| accessdate=2008-09-08
] This area is not a true conurbation.

* Glasgow
* East Dunbartonshire
* North Lanarkshire
* South Lanarkshire
* East Renfrewshire
* Renfrewshire
* Inverclyde
* West Dunbartonshire

The estimated population of this area in 2007 was 1,750,500.cite web
url=| title=2007 Population Estimates| accessdate=2008-01-16


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