List of English counties by population

Source: wikipedia

This is a list of metropolitan counties, non-metropolitan counties and unitary authorities of England by population.

It includes those non-metropolitan counties (also known as shire counties) with a two-tier county council structure, metropolitan counties and unitary authorities.

In cases where a unitary authority has been detached from a county, the population of the unitary authority is shown separately. For example, Peterborough is shown separately from the population figure for Cambridgeshire.

Figures are mid-year estimates for 2010 from the Office for National Statistics[1]. Areas from UK Standard Area Measurements[2]

Rank County Type Region Population Density
(people/km²)
1 Greater London administrative area London 7,813,600 4,979
2 West Midlands metropolitan county West Midlands 2,655,200 2,945
3 Greater Manchester metropolitan county North West 2,629,500 2,061
4 West Yorkshire metropolitan county Yorkshire and the Humber 2,249,500 1,109
5 Kent two-tier South East 1,427,500 382
6 Essex two-tier East 1,412,900 385
7 Merseyside metropolitan county North West 1,353,400 2,099
8 South Yorkshire metropolitan county Yorkshire and the Humber 1,328,300 856
9 Hampshire two-tier South East 1,296,900 344
10 Lancashire two-tier North West 1,169,300 380
11 Surrey two-tier South East 1,127,300 678
12 Tyne and Wear metropolitan county North East 1,119,600 2,073
13 Hertfordshire two-tier East 1,107,600 674
14 Norfolk two-tier East 862,400 161
15 Staffordshire two-tier West Midlands 831,300 306
16 West Sussex two-tier South East 799,800 402
17 Nottinghamshire two-tier East Midlands 779,800 361
18 Derbyshire two-tier East Midlands 763,700 291
19 Devon two-tier South West 750,000 112
20 Suffolk two-tier East 719,500 189
21 Lincolnshire two-tier East Midlands 703,000 101
22 Northamptonshire two-tier East Midlands 687,300 291
23 Leicestershire two-tier East Midlands 648,700 301
24 Oxfordshire two-tier South East 648,700 249
25 Cambridgeshire two-tier East 616,200 182
26 North Yorkshire two-tier Yorkshire and the Humber 599,800 70
27 Gloucestershire two-tier South West 593,500 188
28 Worcestershire two-tier West Midlands 557,400 320
29 Warwickshire two-tier West Midlands 536,100 271
30 Cornwall unitary South West 535,300 151
31 Somerset two-tier South West 525,200 126
32 East Sussex two-tier South East 515,600 288
33 County Durham unitary North East 510,800 229
34 Buckinghamshire two-tier South East 498,100 266
35 Cumbria two-tier North West 494,300 73
36 Wiltshire unitary South West 459,800 141
37 Bristol unitary South West 441,300 4,026
38 Dorset two-tier South West 404,700 153
39 Cheshire East unitary North West 363,800 312
40 East Riding of Yorkshire unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 338,700 141
41 Cheshire West and Chester unitary North West 327,300 357
42 Northumberland unitary North East 312,000 62
43 Nottingham unitary East Midlands 306,700 4,111
44 Leicester unitary East Midlands 306,600 4,180
45 Shropshire unitary West Midlands 293,400 92
46 South Gloucestershire unitary South West 264,800 533
47 Hull unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 263,900 3,694
48 Brighton & Hove unitary South East 258,800 3,131
49 Plymouth unitary South West 258,700 3,243
50 Medway unitary South East 256,700 1,337
51 Central Bedfordshire unitary East 255,200 357
52 Derby unitary East Midlands 246,900 3,164
53 Milton Keynes unitary South East 241,500 782
54 Stoke-on-Trent unitary West Midlands 240,100 2,569
55 Southampton unitary South East 239,700 4,809
56 North Somerset unitary South West 212,200 568
57 Portsmouth unitary South East 207,100 5,132
58 York unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 202,400 744
59 Swindon unitary South West 201,800 877
60 Warrington unitary North West 198,900 1,101
61 Luton unitary East 198,800 4,586
62 Stockton-on-Tees unitary North East 192,400 944
63 Bath and North East Somerset unitary South West 179,700 520
64 Herefordshire unitary West Midlands 179,300 82
65 Peterborough unitary East 173,400 505
66 Bournemouth unitary South West 168,100 3,640
67 Southend-on-Sea unitary East 165,300 3,959
68 Wokingham unitary South East 163,200 912
69 Telford and Wrekin unitary West Midlands 162,600 560
70 North Lincolnshire unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 161,300 191
71 Bedford unitary East 160,800 338
72 Thurrock unitary East 159,700 978
73 North East Lincolnshire unitary Yorkshire and the Humber 157,300 820
74 Reading unitary South East 154,200 3,817
75 West Berkshire unitary South East 154,000 219
76 Windsor and Maidenhead unitary South East 146,100 743
77 Middlesbrough unitary North East 142,400 2,643
78 Poole unitary South West 142,100 2,195
79 Isle of Wight unitary South East 140,500 370
80 Blackpool unitary North West 140,000 4,017
81 Blackburn with Darwen unitary North West 140,000 1,022
82 Redcar and Cleveland unitary North East 137,400 561
83 Torbay unitary South West 134,300 2,135
84 Slough unitary South East 131,100 4,028
85 Halton unitary North West 119,300 1,508
86 Bracknell Forest unitary South East 116,500 1,065
87 Darlington unitary North East 100,800 510
88 Hartlepool unitary North East 91,300 973
89 Rutland unitary East Midlands 38,600 101
90 Isles of Scilly unitary South West 2,100 128