Borough of Blackpool
Coat of arms of Borough of Blackpool
Blackpool shown within Lancashire
Blackpool shown within Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°49′15″N 3°03′05″W / 53.8208°N 3.0515°W / 53.8208; -3.0515
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionNorth West
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Unitary authority1998
Named forBlackpool
Administrative HQBlackpool Town Hall
 • TypeUnitary authority with leader and cabinet
 • BodyBlackpool Council
 • ControlLabour
 • LeaderLynn Williams (L)
 • MayorGillian Campbell
 • Chief ExecutiveNeil Jack
 • House of Commons
 • Total16.66 sq mi (43.15 km2)
 • Land13.46 sq mi (34.87 km2)
 • Rank272nd
 • Total140,954
 • Rank160th
 • Density10,470/sq mi (4,042/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postcode area
Dialling code01253
ISO 3166 codeGB-BPL
GSS codeE06000009
ITL codeTLD42
GVA2021 estimate[5]
 • Total£2.7 billion
 • Per capita£19,184
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate[5]
 • Total£3.1 billion
 • Per capita£22,108

The Borough of Blackpool is a unitary authority area with borough status in the ceremonial county of Lancashire, England. It is named after the seaside town of Blackpool but covers a wider area which includes Anchorsholme, Bispham, Layton, Marton and Squires Gate. As well as the suburbs of Grange Park, North Shore, South Shore and Starr Gate. The borough also forms the core of the wider Blackpool conurbation.

The borough is bordered to the north and north-east by the Borough of Wyre (including Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Thornton and Poulton-le-Fylde), and to the south and south-east by Borough of Fylde (including Lytham St Annes), both of which are non-metropolitan districts in Lancashire. The western boundary is the Irish Sea coast. Surrounding districts form part of the Blackpool Urban Area which covers all the unitary authority area.[6][7][8][9][10]


Blackpool was a municipal borough until 1889 when it became a county borough,[11] on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the county borough of Blackpool was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan district with the same boundaries as the county borough.[12][13] Until 1998, Blackpool was administered as part of Lancashire County Council which was based in Preston. After the creation of unitary authorities by the government, Blackpool and Blackburn were successful in gaining their own right to govern independent from the county council. Blackpool gained unitary authority status,[14] as did Blackburn and it was renamed "Blackburn with Darwen". As of 2021 these are the only two unitary authorities in Lancashire although they remain part of Lancashire for ceremonial purposes.

Localities in the borough


Blackpool borough is administered by Blackpool Council currently under Labour control.


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  3. ^ "Mid-Year Population Estimates, UK, June 2021". Office for National Statistics. 21 December 2022. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  4. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – Blackpool Local Authority (E06000009)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  5. ^ a b Fenton, Trevor (25 April 2023). "Regional gross domestic product: local authorities". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
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  7. ^ "Blackpool unitary". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
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  10. ^ "Lancashire Combined Authority". Pendle Borough Council. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Relationships and changes Blackpool MB/CB through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  12. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972". Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  13. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973". Retrieved 26 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Blackpool town and unitary authority, England, United Kingdom". Britannica. Retrieved 16 July 2021.