This is a list of the 314 districts of England ordered by population, according to estimated figures for mid-2019 est. from the Office for National Statistics.[1]

The list consists of 188 non-metropolitan districts, 32 London boroughs, 36 metropolitan boroughs, 56 unitary authorities, and two sui generis authorities (the City of London and the Isles of Scilly). North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire are new unitary authorities from 1 April 2021.

Map of England's districts
Map of England's districts
2011 RUCLAD Assignments in England[2]
2011 RUCLAD Assignments in England[2]
Rank District Population Type Ceremonial county Region
1 Birmingham 1,144,919 Metropolitan borough, City (1889) West Midlands West Midlands
2 Leeds 811,956 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
4 Sheffield 556,521 Metropolitan borough, City (1893) South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
3 Cornwall 570,305 Unitary authority Cornwall South West
6 Manchester 551,938 Metropolitan borough, City (1853) Greater Manchester North West
5 Buckinghamshire 553,078 Unitary authority Buckinghamshire South East
7 Bradford 546,412 Metropolitan borough, City (1897) West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
8 County Durham 522,068 Unitary authority Durham North East
9 Wiltshire 510,333 Unitary authority Wiltshire South West
10 Liverpool 486,088 Metropolitan borough, City (1880) Merseyside North West
11 Bristol 472,465 Unitary authority, City (1542) Bristol South West
12 Kirklees 433,216 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
17 Barnet 389,344 London borough Greater London London
14 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 400,196 Unitary authority Dorset South West
16 Croydon 390,719 London borough Greater London London
15 Cheshire East 398,772 Unitary authority Cheshire North West
18 Dorset 379,579 Unitary authority Dorset South West
25 Coventry 345,325 Metropolitan borough, City (1345) West Midlands West Midlands
19 Leicester 368,571 Unitary authority, City (1919) Leicestershire East Midlands
24 Newham 351,036 London borough Greater London London
23 Wakefield 353,368 Metropolitan borough, City (1888) West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
22 Cheshire West and Chester 357,150 Unitary authority Cheshire North West
20 Ealing 367,115 London borough Greater London London
26 East Riding of Yorkshire 342,215 Unitary authority East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
30 Enfield 329,984 London borough Greater London London
33 Nottingham 323,632 Unitary authority, City (1897) Nottinghamshire East Midlands
29 Bromley 329,992 London borough Greater London London
28 Brent 339,816 London borough Greater London London
32 Wandsworth 327,506 London borough Greater London London
31 Wigan 329,330 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
27 Sandwell 341,832 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
38 Lambeth 317,654 London borough Greater London London
39 Tower Hamlets 310,306 London borough Greater London London
37 Wirral 320,199 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
34 Shropshire 323,606 Unitary authority Shropshire West Midlands
36 Northumberland 320,567 Unitary authority Northumberland North East
35 Dudley 323,486 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
42 Southwark 307,637 London borough Greater London London
41 Doncaster 308,106 Metropolitan borough, City (2022) South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
43 Hillingdon 305,909 London borough Greater London London
44 Lewisham 300,553 London borough Greater London London
40 Redbridge 310,260 London borough Greater London London
45 Newcastle upon Tyne 300,125 Metropolitan borough, City (1882) Tyne and Wear North East
47 Stockport 294,773 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
57 Brighton & Hove 277,103 Unitary authority, City (2000) East Sussex South East
48 Central Bedfordshire 294,252 Unitary authority Bedfordshire East of England
50 Greenwich 289,068 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
46 Bolton 295,963 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
53 Walsall 284,124 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
49 South Gloucestershire 290,424 Unitary authority Gloucestershire South West
68 Hackney 259,146 London borough Greater London London
54 Medway 279,773 Unitary authority Kent South East
58 Sunderland 274,172 Metropolitan borough, City (1992) Tyne and Wear North East
56 Waltham Forest 278,426 London borough Greater London London
55 Sefton 279,233 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
51 Hounslow 288,181 London borough Greater London London
87 Camden 210,136 London borough Greater London London
52 Milton Keynes 287,060 Unitary authority, Borough, City (2022) Buckinghamshire South East
63 Haringey 264,238 London borough Greater London London
61 Rotherham 265,807 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
64 Wolverhampton 263,727 Metropolitan borough, City (2000) West Midlands West Midlands
62 Plymouth 264,695 Unitary authority, City (1928) Devon South West
92 Westminster 204,236 London borough, City (1540) Greater London London
60 Kingston upon Hull 267,014 Unitary authority, City (1299) East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
65 Havering 262,052 London borough Greater London London
59 Salford 269,923 Metropolitan borough, City (1926) Greater Manchester North West
66 Derby 261,364 Unitary authority, City (1977) Derbyshire East Midlands
69 Stoke-on-Trent 258,366 Unitary authority, City (1925) Staffordshire West Midlands
70 Southampton 248,922 Unitary authority, City (1964) Hampshire South East
67 Harrow 261,203 London borough Greater London London
72 East Suffolk 246,058 Non-metropolitan district Suffolk East of England
71 Bexley 246,472 London borough Greater London London
73 Barnsley 244,572 Metropolitan borough South Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
82 Islington 216,589 London borough Greater London London
75 Trafford 235,052 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
74 Oldham 242,088 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
77 Tameside 231,071 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
79 Rochdale 223,773 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
76 Swindon 233,407 Unitary authority, Borough Wiltshire South West
83 Solihull 216,240 Metropolitan borough West Midlands West Midlands
81 North Somerset 216,726 Unitary authority Somerset South West
90 Portsmouth 208,003 Unitary authority, City (1926) Hampshire South East
78 Luton 225,262 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire East of England
80 Barking and Dagenham 218,869 London borough Greater London London
91 Calderdale 206,631 Metropolitan borough West Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
93 York 202,821 Unitary authority, City (TI) North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
86 Warrington 210,974 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire North West
89 North Tyneside 208,967 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear North East
85 Merton 215,186 London borough Greater London London
88 Sutton 209,639 London borough Greater London London
84 Peterborough 215,671 Unitary authority, City (1541) Cambridgeshire East of England
95 Gateshead 196,151 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear North East
96 Richmond upon Thames 195,278 London borough Greater London London
94 Stockton-on-Tees 196,595 Unitary authority, Borough Durham and
North Yorkshire
North East
99 Colchester 192,715 Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City (2022) Essex East of England
98 Bath and North East Somerset 193,409 Unitary authority Somerset South West
101 Herefordshire 187,034 Unitary authority Herefordshire West Midlands
97 Bury 193,851 Metropolitan borough Greater Manchester North West
100 Basildon 187,571 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Essex East of England
105 Charnwood 183,971 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
107 Hammersmith and Fulham 183,157 London borough Greater London London
110 Southend-on-Sea 180,686 Unitary authority, Borough, City Essex East of England
106 St Helens 183,248 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
114 New Forest 175,785 Non-metropolitan district Hampshire South East
102 Telford and Wrekin 185,541 Unitary authority, Borough Shropshire West Midlands
111 West Suffolk 179,948 Non-metropolitan district Suffolk East of England
108 Chelmsford 181,523 Non-metropolitan district, City (2012) Essex East of England
109 Huntingdonshire 180,832 Non-metropolitan district Cambridgeshire East of England
119 Kingston upon Thames 168,063 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
104 Basingstoke and Deane 185,154 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
113 Thurrock 176,001 Unitary authority, Borough Essex East of England
103 Bedford 185,225 Unitary authority, Borough Bedfordshire East of England
118 North Lincolnshire 169,680 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire Yorkshire and the Humber
115 Maidstone 175,782 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
112 Wokingham 177,503 Unitary authority Berkshire South East
117 South Somerset 172,671 Non-metropolitan district Somerset South West
129 Canterbury 157,432 Non-metropolitan district, City (TI) Kent South East
116 Reading 174,224 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire South East
126 Wealden 160,152 Non-metropolitan district East Sussex South East
121 Harrogate 162,666 Non-metropolitan district, Borough North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
120 Arun 164,889 Non-metropolitan district West Sussex South East
130 North East Lincolnshire 156,966 Unitary authority, Borough Lincolnshire Yorkshire and the Humber
122 South Cambridgeshire 162,118 Non-metropolitan district Cambridgeshire East of England
124 West Berkshire 161,448 Unitary authority Berkshire South East
154 Kensington and Chelsea 143,375 London borough, Royal Borough Greater London London
128 Somerset West and Taunton 157,445 Non-metropolitan district Somerset South West
132 Dacorum 155,081 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hertfordshire East of England
131 Braintree 155,268 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
123 Oxford 162,040 Non-metropolitan district, City (1542) Oxfordshire South East
136 Windsor and Maidenhead 153,496 Unitary authority, Royal Borough Berkshire South East
135 King's Lynn and West Norfolk 154,325 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Norfolk East of England
137 Mid Sussex 152,566 Non-metropolitan district West Sussex South East
147 South Tyneside 147,776 Metropolitan borough Tyne and Wear North East
134 Knowsley 154,519 Metropolitan borough Merseyside North West
125 Cherwell 161,016 Non-metropolitan district Oxfordshire South East
138 Swale 151,676 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
141 East Hertfordshire 150,158 Non-metropolitan district Hertfordshire East of England
133 Blackburn with Darwen 154,738 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire North West
127 Slough 158,500 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire South East
152 Guildford 143,650 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
139 Reigate and Banstead 150,846 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
145 St Albans 148,167 Non-metropolitan district, City (1877) Hertfordshire East of England
144 Tendring 148,291 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
140 East Devon 150,828 Non-metropolitan district Devon South West
155 Lancaster 142,934 Non-metropolitan district, City (1937) Lancashire North West
148 Horsham 146,778 Non-metropolitan district West Sussex South East
143 Warwick 148,453 Non-metropolitan district Warwickshire West Midlands
146 Preston 147,835 Non-metropolitan district, City (2002) Lancashire North West
153 South Kesteven 143,404 Non-metropolitan district Lincolnshire East Midlands
142 South Oxfordshire 149,085 Non-metropolitan district Oxfordshire South East
160 Thanet 140,587 Non-metropolitan district Kent South East
161 Isle of Wight 140,459 Unitary authority Isle of Wight South East
156 East Lindsey 142,296 Non-metropolitan district Lincolnshire East Midlands
150 Middlesbrough 143,926 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire North East
157 South Norfolk 141,948 Non-metropolitan district Norfolk East of England
151 Norwich 143,922 Non-metropolitan district, City (1195) Norfolk East of England
158 Breckland 141,476 Non-metropolitan district Norfolk East of England
159 Blackpool 141,036 Unitary authority, Borough Lancashire North West
166 Stafford 136,867 Non-metropolitan district Staffordshire West Midlands
167 Redcar and Cleveland 136,531 Unitary authority, Borough North Yorkshire North East
162 Ipswich 139,642 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Suffolk East of England
165 Elmbridge 138,754 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
163 Torbay 139,324 Unitary authority, Borough Devon South West
164 Vale of White Horse 138,913 Non-metropolitan district Oxfordshire South East
170 Teignbridge 134,803 Non-metropolitan district Devon South West
168 Eastleigh 136,443 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
173 North Hertfordshire 133,210 Non-metropolitan district Hertfordshire East of England
177 Tonbridge and Malling 132,201 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
169 Epping Forest 134,980 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
179 Exeter 130,709 Non-metropolitan district, City (TI) Devon South West
178 Broadland 131,721 Non-metropolitan district Norfolk East of England
171 Stratford-on-Avon 134,725 Non-metropolitan district Warwickshire West Midlands
174 Ashford 132,747 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
172 Nuneaton and Bedworth 134,197 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Warwickshire West Midlands
192 Newcastle-under-Lyme 123,299 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Staffordshire West Midlands
175 Wychavon 132,492 Non-metropolitan district Worcestershire West Midlands
181 Halton 128,478 Unitary authority, Borough Cheshire North West
176 Gloucester 132,416 Non-metropolitan district, City (1541) Gloucestershire South West
185 Amber Valley 126,206 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
184 Ashfield 126,300 Non-metropolitan district Nottinghamshire East Midlands
182 Waverley 128,229 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
189 Havant 124,208 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
180 Test Valley 130,492 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
183 Winchester 127,444 Non-metropolitan district, City (TI) Hampshire South East
149 Cambridge 145,674 Non-metropolitan district, City (1951) Cambridgeshire East of England
187 Sedgemoor 125,343 Non-metropolitan district Somerset South West
196 Welwyn Hatfield 119,836 Non-metropolitan district Hertfordshire East of England
188 Bracknell Forest 124,607 Unitary authority, Borough Berkshire South East
193 Newark and Sherwood 122,956 Non-metropolitan district Nottinghamshire East Midlands
186 East Hampshire 125,744 Non-metropolitan district Hampshire South East
190 Chichester 124,068 Non-metropolitan district West Sussex South East
195 Sevenoaks 120,514 Non-metropolitan district Kent South East
194 Stroud 121,104 Non-metropolitan district Gloucestershire South West
191 East Staffordshire 124,020 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Staffordshire West Midlands
197 Rushcliffe 119,077 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Nottinghamshire East Midlands
208 Tunbridge Wells 115,311 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
202 Chorley 117,732 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
206 Dover 116,410 Non-metropolitan district Kent South East
204 Gedling 117,264 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Nottinghamshire East Midlands
201 Bassetlaw 117,804 Non-metropolitan district Nottinghamshire East Midlands
200 North Kesteven 118,075 Non-metropolitan district Lincolnshire East Midlands
198 Cheltenham 118,836 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Gloucestershire South West
209 Fareham 114,511 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
207 Mendip 116,089 Non-metropolitan district Somerset South West
213 Erewash 112,906 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
203 West Lancashire 117,429 Non-metropolitan district Lancashire North West
217 Broxtowe 110,940 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Nottinghamshire East Midlands
212 Hinckley and Bosworth 113,642 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
221 Folkestone and Hythe 109,758 Non-metropolitan district Kent South East
205 Dartford 116,753 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
219 South Staffordshire 110,472 Non-metropolitan district Staffordshire West Midlands
199 Crawley 118,493 Non-metropolitan district, Borough West Sussex South East
214 Wyre 111,946 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
216 South Ribble 111,035 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
211 West Oxfordshire 114,237 Non-metropolitan district Oxfordshire South East
215 Worthing 111,338 Non-metropolitan district, Borough West Sussex South East
218 Mansfield 110,482 Non-metropolitan district Nottinghamshire East Midlands
210 Rugby 114,363 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Warwickshire West Midlands
222 Scarborough 108,736 Non-metropolitan district, Borough North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
220 Carlisle 110,024 Non-metropolitan district, City (TI) Cumbria North West
225 South Derbyshire 107,205 Non-metropolitan district Derbyshire East Midlands
226 Gravesham 106,900 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Kent South East
224 Darlington 107,799 Unitary authority, Borough Durham North East
229 South Lakeland 104,450 Non-metropolitan district Cumbria North West
223 Hertsmere 107,827 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hertfordshire East of England
233 Chesterfield 103,569 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
234 North Norfolk 102,980 Non-metropolitan district Norfolk East of England
227 Lichfield 106,436 Non-metropolitan district Staffordshire West Midlands
237 Mid Suffolk 102,699 Non-metropolitan district Suffolk East of England
241 Eastbourne 101,686 Non-metropolitan district, Borough East Sussex South East
228 North West Leicestershire 104,706 Non-metropolitan district Leicestershire East Midlands
244 Lewes 99,905 Non-metropolitan district East Sussex South East
238 Fenland 102,462 Non-metropolitan district Cambridgeshire East of England
236 Blaby 102,926 Non-metropolitan district Leicestershire East Midlands
240 North East Derbyshire 102,001 Non-metropolitan district Derbyshire East Midlands
242 Wyre Forest 101,607 Non-metropolitan district Worcestershire West Midlands
231 Worcester 103,872 Non-metropolitan district, City (1189) Worcestershire West Midlands
230 Woking 103,943 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
243 Cannock Chase 100,519 Non-metropolitan district Staffordshire West Midlands
248 Bromsgrove 99,183 Non-metropolitan district Worcestershire West Midlands
235 Spelthorne 102,956 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
246 Great Yarmouth 99,748 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Norfolk East of England
232 Lincoln 103,813 Non-metropolitan district, City (TI) Lincolnshire East Midlands
253 Staffordshire Moorlands 95,845 Non-metropolitan district Staffordshire West Midlands
252 Allerdale 96,157 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Cumbria North West
249 Broxbourne 99,009 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hertfordshire East of England
250 North Devon 98,611 Non-metropolitan district Devon South West
247 Hart 99,408 Non-metropolitan district Hampshire South East
239 Watford 102,246 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hertfordshire East of England
261 Rother 93,108 Non-metropolitan district East Sussex South East
255 West Lindsey 95,156 Non-metropolitan district Lincolnshire East Midlands
256 South Holland 95,122 Non-metropolitan district Lincolnshire East Midlands
257 Tewkesbury 94,884 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Gloucestershire South West
245 Rushmoor 99,756 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
251 Harborough 97,625 Non-metropolitan district Leicestershire East Midlands
263 Hartlepool 92,338 Unitary authority, Borough Durham North East
259 Three Rivers 93,771 Non-metropolitan district Hertfordshire East of England
267 High Peak 90,933 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Derbyshire East Midlands
266 Hastings 90,995 Non-metropolitan district, Borough East Sussex South East
254 Pendle 95,757 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
262 Babergh 92,341 Non-metropolitan district Suffolk East of England
269 Hambleton 90,690 Non-metropolitan district North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
265 Uttlesford 91,341 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
264 Selby 91,988 Non-metropolitan district North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
271 Castle Point 89,587 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Essex East of England
268 Cotswold 90,832 Non-metropolitan district Gloucestershire South West
276 East Cambridgeshire 87,762 Non-metropolitan district Cambridgeshire East of England
274 Runnymede 88,079 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
270 Surrey Heath 90,453 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
258 Burnley 94,646 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
275 Tandridge 87,876 Non-metropolitan district Surrey South East
272 Stevenage 89,495 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hertfordshire East of England
280 Rochford 85,661 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
277 Mole Valley 87,386 Non-metropolitan district Surrey South East
260 Harlow 93,329 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
273 South Hams 88,627 Non-metropolitan district Devon South West
279 Forest of Dean 87,004 Non-metropolitan district Gloucestershire South West
278 Redditch 87,036 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Worcestershire West Midlands
283 Gosport 81,952 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Hampshire South East
281 Mid Devon 82,852 Non-metropolitan district Devon South West
282 Hyndburn 82,234 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
284 Fylde 81,374 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
285 Epsom and Ewell 80,938 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Surrey South East
286 Bolsover 80,272 Non-metropolitan district Derbyshire East Midlands
287 Malvern Hills 79,486 Non-metropolitan district Worcestershire West Midlands
289 Brentwood 77,047 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Essex East of England
288 Tamworth 78,646 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Staffordshire West Midlands
290 Derbyshire Dales 71,540 Non-metropolitan district Derbyshire East Midlands
291 Rossendale 70,871 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
292 Boston 70,502 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lincolnshire East Midlands
293 Torridge 68,114 Non-metropolitan district Devon South West
295 Copeland 67,076 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Cumbria North West
294 Barrow-in-Furness 67,407 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Cumbria North West
297 North Warwickshire 65,035 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Warwickshire West Midlands
296 Maldon 66,208 Non-metropolitan district Essex East of England
298 Adur 64,544 Non-metropolitan district West Sussex South East
299 Ribble Valley 61,561 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Lancashire North West
302 Craven 56,927 Non-metropolitan district North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
300 Oadby and Wigston 57,747 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
301 West Devon 57,096 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Devon South West
304 Ryedale 54,707 Non-metropolitan district North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
306 Richmondshire 49,776 Non-metropolitan district North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber
303 Eden 54,735 Non-metropolitan district Cumbria North West
305 Melton 51,752 Non-metropolitan district, Borough Leicestershire East Midlands
307 Rutland 41,049 Unitary authority Rutland East Midlands
308 City of London 8,583 sui generis, City (TI) City of London London
309 Isles of Scilly 2,053 sui generis Cornwall South West

See also

References

  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 2021". Office for National Statistics. 2 November 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  2. ^ "2011 Rural-Urban Classification of Local Authority Districts and Similar Geographic Units in England: A User Guide" (PDF).