"Luck to Loyne"
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|City status||14 May 1937|
|Administrative HQ||Lancaster (Town Hall)|
Morecambe (Town Hall)
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district|
|• Body||Lancaster City Council|
|• Leadership||Leader and cabinet|
|• Executive||Green / Independent (council NOC)|
|• Leader||Caroline Jackson (Green Party)|
|• Mayor||Mike Greenall|
|• Chief Executive||Kieran Keane|
|• Total||222.5 sq mi (576.2 km2)|
|• Density||600/sq mi (250/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||97.8% white|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|Dialling codes||01524 (Lancaster)|
|Vehicle registration prefix||P|
|NUTS 3 code||UKD44|
|OS grid reference|
|Major railway stations||Lancaster (B)|
|MPs||Cat Smith (L)|
David Morris (C)
|Ambulance service||North West|
The City of Lancaster (//) is a local government district of Lancashire, England, with the status of a city and non-metropolitan district. It is named after its largest settlement, Lancaster, but covers a far larger area, which includes the towns of Morecambe, Heysham, and Carnforth, as well as outlying villages, farms, rural hinterland and (since 1 August 2016) a section of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The district has a population of 146,038 (mid-2019 est.), and an area of 222.5 square miles (576.2 km2).
The current city boundaries were set as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, and cover an amalgamation of five former local government districts—the municipal boroughs of Lancaster and Morecambe and Heysham, together with the Carnforth Urban District and rural districts of Lancaster and Lunesdale, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.
Further information: History of Lancashire
Further information: Lancaster City Council elections
Lancaster City Council
Length of term
The higher tier of local government is Lancashire County Council. At a lower level, there are many parish councils: See this list of civil parishes in the district.
The district comprises two parliamentary constituencies: Lancaster and Fleetwood, and Morecambe and Lunesdale. Since 2015, Lancaster and Fleetwood has been held by Labour, and Morecambe and Lunesdale has been held by the Conservatives since 2010.
As of May 2022, the composition of the City Council is as follows:
|Morecambe Bay Independents||10|
Elections for all council seats are held every four years. There were elections in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. The next election is scheduled for 2023.
|2001 UK Census||Lancaster||Lancashire||England||United Kingdom|
At the 2011 UK census, the City of Lancaster had a total population of 138,375. Of the 57,822 households in the city, 33.5% were married couples living together, 31.9% were one-person households, 7.8% were co-habiting couples and 10.0% were lone parents. These figures were similar to the national averages.
The population density was 233/km2 (600/sq mi) and for every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. Of those aged 16–74 in Lancaster, 26.7% had no academic qualifications, lower than 28.9% in all of England. The city of Lancaster had a higher proportion of white people than England.
The table below details the population change since 1801, including the percentage change since the last available census data. Although the City of Lancaster has existed as a district since 1974, figures have been generated by combining data from the towns, villages, and civil parishes that would later be constituent parts of the city.
|Source: Vision of Britain|
|2011 UK Census||City of Lancaster||Lancashire||England|
At the 2011 UK census, 65.9% of Lancaster's population reported themselves as Christian, 1.3% Muslim, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.3% Hindu, 0.1% Jewish, and 0.1% Sikh. 24.5% had no religion, 0.5% had an alternative religion and 7.1% did not state their religion. The city is covered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster, and the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn.
|City of Lancaster compared|
|2001 UK Census||City of Lancaster||Lancashire||England|
|Population of working age||97,365||814,434||35,532,091|
At the United Kingdom Census 2001, the City of Lancaster had 97,365 residents aged 16 to 74. Of these people, 4.0% were students with jobs, 9.6% students without jobs, 5.1% looking after home or family, 6.0% permanently sick or disabled and 2.8% economically inactive for other reasons.
In 2001, of the 55,906 residents of the City of Lancaster in employment, the industry of employment was 16.7% retail and wholesale, 14.2% health and social work, 11.4% education, 11.2% manufacturing, 7.8% property and business services, 6.7% construction, 6.7% hotels and restaurants, 6.5% transport and communications, 5.7% public administration and defence, 2.5% finance, 2.4% energy and water supply, 2.2% agriculture, 0.4% mining, and 5.3% other. This was roughly in line with national figures, although the proportion of jobs in agriculture which was more than the national average of 1.5% and the percentage of people working in finance was below the national average of 4.8%; the proportion of people working in property was well below the national average of 13.2%.
Lancaster and Heysham lie within unparished areas.