Borough of Rochdale
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Ceremonial county||Greater Manchester|
|Admin HQ||Rochdale (Town Hall)|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Metropolitan borough|
|• Governing body||Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Cllr. Aasim Rashid|
|• MPs:||Tony Lloyd (L)|
Chris Clarkson (C)
|• Council Leader||Cllr. Neil Emmott|
|• Total||61.4 sq mi (159 km2)|
|• Total||222,412 (Ranked 79th)|
|• Density||3,521/sq mi (1,359/km2)|
| • Ethnicity |
(United Kingdom Estimate 2006) 
11.4% S.Asian or mixed
1.4% Black or mixed
0.8% Chinese or other
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|Area code(s)||0161 / 01706|
|ONS code||00BQ (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale is a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester in North West England. It is named after its largest town, Rochdale, but spans a far larger area which includes the towns of Middleton, Heywood, Littleborough, and Milnrow, as well as the village of Wardle.
The borough was formed in 1974 as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 and is an amalgamation of six former local government districts. It was originally proposed that the borough include the neighbouring town of Bury and disclude Middleton; Bury however went on to form the administrative centre for the adjacent Metropolitan Borough of Bury.
The borough lies directly north-northeast of the City of Manchester and has a population of 206,500. Although some parts are highly industrialised and densely populated, the borough has the lowest population density in Greater Manchester, with some areas of rural open space including Blackstone Edge and the Pennine hills.
The borough, which is the largest such borough of Greater Manchester, was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the former county borough of Rochdale and, from the administrative county of Lancashire, the municipal boroughs of Heywood and Middleton, along with the urban districts of Littleborough, Milnrow and Wardle.
Prior to its creation, it was suggested that the metropolitan borough be named Chadwick (with reference to Sir Edwin Chadwick), but this was rejected in favour of Rochdale.
The Metropolitan Borough of Oldham lies to the south-east, and the Metropolitan Borough of Bury lies to the west. The City of Manchester is to the south.
To the north-west is the borough and non-metropolitan district of Rossendale in Lancashire and to the north-east is the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire.
Showing former status (prior to 1974)
Source: ONS - 2011 Census (KS201EW)
The table below details the population change since 1801, including the percentage change since the last available census data. Although the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale has only existed 1974, figures have been generated by combining data from the towns, villages, and civil parishes that would later be constituent parts of the borough.
|Population growth in Rochdale since 1801|
|Source: Vision of Britain|
The Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale has formal twinning arrangements with six places. Three were originally twinned with a place within the Metropolitan Borough boundaries prior to its creation in 1974.
|Country||Place||County / District / Region / State||Originally twinned with||Date|
|France||Tourcoing||Nord-Pas de Calais||County Borough of Rochdale||1956|
|Germany||Peine||Niedersachsen||Municipal Borough of Heywood||1967|
|Germany||Bielefeld||Nordrhein-Westfalen||County Borough of Rochdale||1953|
|Pakistan||Sahiwal||Punjab||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale||1988|
|Ukraine||Lviv||Lviv||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale||1992|
|Bangladesh||Sylhet||Sylhet Division||Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale||2009|
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Rochdale.