City of Lancaster

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Lancaster skyline
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"Luck to Loyne"
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Lancaster shown within Lancashire
Coordinates: 54°2′49.2″N2°48′3.6″W / 54.047000°N 2.801000°W / 54.047000; -2.801000 Coordinates: 54°2′49.2″N2°48′3.6″W / 54.047000°N 2.801000°W / 54.047000; -2.801000
Sovereign state Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Country Flag of England.svg  England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county FlagOfLancashire.PNG  Lancashire
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)
  LeaderCaroline Jackson (Green Party)
   Mayor Mike Greenall
  Chief ExecutiveKieran Keane
  Total222.5 sq mi (576.2 km2)
Area rank 78th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank 146th
  Density600/sq mi (250/km2)
97.8% white
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode areas
Dialling codes 01524 (Lancaster)
015242 (Hornby-with-Farleton)
Vehicle registration prefix P
GSS codeE07000121
NUTS 3 code UKD44
ONS code 30UH
OS grid reference SD475615
Motorways M6
Major railway stations Lancaster (B)
MPs Cat Smith (L)
David Morris (C)
Police area Lancashire
Fire service Lancashire
Ambulance service North West

The City of Lancaster ( /ˈlæŋkæstər/ [1] ) 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. [2] The district has a population of 146,038 (mid-2019 est.), [3] and an area of 222.5 square miles (576.2 km2). [4]


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.



Lancaster City Council
Seats60 councillors [5]
Political groups
Administration (39)
  Green (10)
  Eco-Socialist Independents (4)
  Labour (16)
  Morecambe Bay Independent (9)
Confidence and Supply (4)
  Liberal Democrat (4)
Opposition (17)
  Conservative (11)
  Independent Group (5)
  Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
Next election

The higher tier of local government is Lancashire County Council. At a lower level, there are many parish councils: [6] See this list of civil parishes in the district.

The district comprises two parliamentary constituencies: Lancaster and Fleetwood, and Morecambe and Lunesdale. [7] Since 2015, Lancaster and Fleetwood has been held by Labour, and Morecambe and Lunesdale has been held by the Conservatives since 2010.

As of December 2021, the composition of the City Council is as follows: [8] [9]

Labour 16
Conservative 11
Green Party 10
Morecambe Bay Independents 9
Independent Group5
Eco-Socialist Independents4
Liberal Democrats 4
Independent Independent1

Elections for all council seats are held every four years. There were elections in 2007, [10] 2011, [11] 2015 [12] and 2019. The next election is scheduled for 2023.


Lancaster compared
2001 UK Census Lancaster [13] Lancashire [14] EnglandUnited Kingdom
Total population133,9141,134,97449,138,83158,789,194

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. [15] 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. [15] [16]

Population change

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.

Population growth in City of Lancaster since 1801
1801 23,818    
1811 24,842+4.3%
1821 28,374+14.2%
1831 30,987+9.2%
1841 32,998+6.5%
1851 33,437+1.3%
1861 37,943+13.5%
1871 42,450+11.9%
1881 46,956+10.6%
1891 57,577+22.6%
1901 64,617+12.2%
1911 72,538+12.3%
1921 77,409+6.7%
1931 82,622+6.7%
1941 92,752+12.3%
1951 104,126+12.3%
1961 113,083+8.6%
1971 122,820+8.6%
1981 118,599−3.4%
1991 130,022+9.6%
2001 133,914+3.0%
2011 138,375+3.3%
Source: Vision of Britain [17]


Lancaster compared
2011 UK Census City of Lancaster [15] Lancashire [18] England
No religion24.5%19.2%24.7%

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. [15] The city is covered by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster, [19] and the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn. [20]


City of Lancaster compared
2001 UK Census City of Lancaster [21] Lancashire [22] England
Population of working age97,365814,43435,532,091
Full-time employment33.5%39.2%40.8%
Part-time employment12.7%12.2%11.8%
Self employed7.8%8.2%8.3%

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. [21]

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%. [23]


Civil parishes

City of Lancaster parishes map 2018.svg

Lancaster and Heysham lie within unparished areas.

Twin towns


Associate towns


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