List of ceremonial counties of England

This is a list of ceremonial counties of England. The population figures are mid-year estimates for 2017 from the Office for National Statistics.[1][2] The ceremonial counties are one of the forms of sub-divisions of England, used often in a cultural or geographic sense.

County Population Rank
(in km²)
(sq. mi.)
Bedfordshire 664,600 36th 1,235 477 41st 537 13th
Berkshire 905,800 24th 1,262 487 40th 717 11th
Bristol 459,300 43rd 110 42 47th 4,186 2nd
Buckinghamshire 803,400 30th 1,874 724 32nd 428 23rd
Cambridgeshire 847,200 28th 3,390 1,310 15th 249 34th
Cheshire 1,054,100 19th 2,343 905 25th 449 21st
City of London 7,700 48th 2.90 1.12 48th 2,635 4th
Cornwall 563,600 40th 3,562 1,375 12th 158 41st
County Durham 862,600 26th 2,676 1,033 19th 322 28th
Cumbria 498,400 41st 6,767 2,613 3rd 73 47th
Derbyshire 1,049,000 20th 2,625 1,014 21st 399 25th
Devon 1,185,500 11th 6,707 2,590 4th 176 39th
Dorset 770,700 31st 2,653 1,024 20th 290 30th
East Riding of Yorkshire 598,700 37th 2,477 956 23rd 241 35th
East Sussex 840,400 29th 1,791 692 33rd 469 20th
Essex 1,820,400 7th 3,670 1,420 11th 496 15th
Gloucestershire 907,200 23rd 3,150 1,220 16th 287 31st
Greater London 8,817,300 1st 1,569 606 37th 5,618 1st
Greater Manchester 2,798,800 3rd 1,276 493 39th 2,193 5th
Hampshire 1,837,800 5th 3,769 1,455 9th 487 17th
Herefordshire 191,000 45th 2,180 840 26th 87 46th
Hertfordshire 1,180,900 13th 1,643 634 36th 718 10th
Isle of Wight 141,000 46th 380 150 46th 370 26th
Kent 1,832,300 6th 3,738 1,443 10th 490 16th
Lancashire 1,490,500 8th 3,075 1,187 17th 484 18th
Leicestershire 1,043,800 21st 2,156 832 28th 484 19th
Lincolnshire 1,082,300 18th 6,975 2,693 2nd 155 42nd
Merseyside 1,416,800 9th 647 250 43rd 2,190 6th
Norfolk 898,400 25th 5,380 2,080 5th 166 40th
North Yorkshire 1,153,400 14th 8,654 3,341 1st 133 44th
Northamptonshire 741,200 33rd 2,364 913 24th 313 29th
Northumberland 319,000 44th 5,014 1,936 6th 63 48th
Nottinghamshire 1,147,100 15th 2,159 834 27th 531 14th
Oxfordshire 682,400 35th 2,605 1,006 22nd 261 33rd
Rutland 39,500 47th 382 147 45th 103 45th
Shropshire 493,200 42nd 3,488 1,347 13th 141 43rd
Somerset 956,700 22nd 4,170 1,610 7th 229 36th
South Yorkshire 1,393,400 10th 1,552 599 38th 898 9th
Staffordshire 1,126,200 17th 2,714 1,048 18th 415 24th
Suffolk 757,000 32nd 3,801 1,468 8th 199 38th
Surrey 1,185,300 12th 1,663 642 35th 712 12th
Tyne and Wear 1,129,500 16th 540 210 44th 2,091 7th
Warwickshire 564,600 39th 1,975 763 31st 285 32nd
West Midlands 2,897,300 2nd 902 348 42nd 3,213 3rd
West Sussex 852,400 27th 1,991 769 30th 428 22nd
West Yorkshire 2,307,000 4th 2,029 783 29th 1,136 8th
Wiltshire 716,400 34th 3,485 1,346 14th 205 37th
Worcestershire 588,400 38th 1,741 672 34th 338 27th
English ceremonial counties 1998
Map of the ceremonial counties of England

See also


  1. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2017". Office for National Statistics. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Standard Area Measurements (2016) for Administrative Areas in the United Kingdom". Office for National Statistics. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
Ceremonial counties of England

The ceremonial counties, also referred to as the lieutenancy areas of England, are areas of England to which a Lord Lieutenant is appointed. Legally the areas in England, as well as in Wales and Scotland, are defined by the Lieutenancies Act 1997 as counties and areas for the purposes of the lieutenancies in Great Britain, in contrast to the areas used for local government. They are also informally known as geographic counties, as often representing more permanent features of English geography, and to distinguish them from counties of England which have a present-day administrative function.

Counties of England

The counties of England are areas used for different purposes, which include administrative, geographical, cultural and political demarcation. The term 'county' is not clearly defined and can apply to similar or the same areas used by each of these demarcation structures. These different types of county each have a more formal name but are commonly referred to just as 'counties'. The current arrangement is the result of incremental reform.

The original county structure has its origins in the Middle Ages. These counties are often referred to as historic or traditional counties.The Local Government Act 1888 created new areas for organising local government that it called administrative counties and county boroughs. These administrative areas adopted the names of, and closely resembled the areas of, the traditional counties. Later legislative changes to the new local government structure led to greater distinction between the traditional and the administrative counties.

The Local Government Act 1972 abolished the 1888 act, its administrative counties and county boroughs. In their place, the 1972 Act created new areas for handling local government that were also called administrative counties. The 1972 administrative counties differed distinctly in area from the 1888 administrative counties, that had now been abolished, and from the traditional counties, that had still not been abolished. Many of the names of the traditional counties were still being used now for the 1972 administrative counties. Later legislation created yet further area differences between the 1972 administrative counties and the traditional counties. In 2018, for the purpose of administration, England outside Greater London and the Isles of Scilly is divided into 83 metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties.

The Lieutenancies Act 1997 created areas to be used for the purpose of the Lieutenancies Act. These newly created areas are called ceremonial counties and are based on, but not always the same as, the areas of the 1972 administrative counties.

For the purpose of sorting and delivering mail, England was divided into 48 postal counties until 1996; these have been abandoned by Royal Mail in favour of postcodes.

The term 'county', relating to any of its meanings, is used as the geographical basis for a number of institutions such as police and fire services, sports clubs and other non-government organisations.

Index of United Kingdom-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

List of English districts by population

List of the 317 districts of England (English Municipalities) ordered by population, according to estimated figures for 2017 from the Office for National Statistics.The list consists of the non-metropolitan districts (192), the London boroughs (32), metropolitan boroughs (36), unitary authorities (55) and those that are labelled as sui generis (2).

List of ceremonial counties in England by gross value added

This is a list of ceremonial counties in England by gross value added for the year 2013. Data is gathered by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and is given in terms of Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS), statistical area codes used for the European Union, which loosely follow administrative units of the United Kingdom.

Gross value added (GVA) is a measure of the value of goods and services produced in a localised area without considering taxes and subsidies (unlike gross domestic product (GDP)). Additionally, the ONS's estimates on GVA adapt to regional disparities in commuting regions by allocating the GVA to the area in which an employee commuted from. They also use five-period moving averages to smooth data.

List of districts in South East England by population

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List of localities in England by population

This article is provided for historical interest only, because this sense of 'locality' disappears in the 2011 census and consequently the table cannot be updated reliably. The data here shows the figures as at 2001 and is deliberately not current.

Localities, also called urban sub-divisions, are component areas of the urban areas (conurbations) of England and Wales defined by the Office for National Statistics to enable detailed study of smaller areas within conurbations, and to enable comparisons to be made with historical data. The boundaries of localities within conurbations often follow those of local authorities existing before local government re-organisation in 1974, the boundaries of current authorities within agglomerations, or the points where previously separate urban areas joined.Localities are not the same as local government areas such as cities or borough council areas, as localities are based upon the actual built-up area and cannot extend beyond a single physically contiguous urban area, but can extend beyond local government boundaries. For the population of these local government areas see List of English districts by population.

This is a list of the localities within England that had a population greater than 100,000 at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001.

Settlements in English counties by population

This list article collates links to each county's settlements population page, and show the largest urban areas with populations of 5,000 persons and above within them.

The links in both the table and map go to the same article.

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