Leicester Urban Area

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The Leicester Urban Area or Leicester Built Up Area (2011 onwards) is an urban agglomeration defined by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), centred on the City of Leicester in the English Midlands. With a population of 508,916 at the time of the 2011 census, the Built Up Area is the eleventh largest in England and thirteenth largest in the United Kingdom. It comprises Leicester itself and its suburbs, all of which are contiguous with, or situated in close proximity to, the city.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.

Leicester City and unitary authority in England

Leicester is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest.

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As at 2011 the Leicester Urban Area was home to 51.8% of total the population of Leicestershire [1] (2001: 48.5%). A 2017 quote from the Leicester City Council website states that "The Greater Leicester urban area is one of the fastest growing in the country, with a population of about 650,000, of which 350,000 live within the city council area" [2] .

Leicestershire County of England

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street.

Leicester City Council Unitary authority responsible for local government in the city of Leicester, England

Leicester City Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the city of Leicester, England. It consists of 54 councillors, representing 22 wards in the city, overseen by a directly elected mayor. It is currently controlled by the Labour Party and has been led by Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby since his election on 6 May 2011. The main council building is City Hall on Charles Street, but council meetings are held in the 19th-century Town Hall.

Analysis: 2011

Leicester built-up area in 2011. Directly contiguous outer suburbs now merged into Leicester. Syston now a subdivision; Ratby removed completely; new south western areas included.
Leicester subdivision
Other subdivisions
City of Leicester unitary authority boundary Leicester-BUA-2011.jpg
Leicester built-up area in 2011. Directly contiguous outer suburbs now merged into Leicester. Syston now a subdivision; Ratby removed completely; new south western areas included.
  Leicester subdivision
  Other subdivisions
  City of Leicester unitary authority boundary

Leicester Built-up Area
2011 Census [3]

Urban subdivisionPopulation
Leicester ONS

City &
inner suburbs
in detail
 
City
329,283
Leicester UNITARY 329,839
*less Ashton Green556
 
Inner suburbs
114,477
Wigston 32,321
Oadby 23,849
Braunstone Town 16,850
Thurmaston 9,668
Glenfield 9,109
Leicester Forest East 6,719
Glen Parva 6,189
Kirby Muxloe 4,667
Thurnby and Bushby 3,301
Scraptoft 1,804
City &
inner suburbs

443,760

Narborough / Enderby 12,996Outer suburbs

65,156

Syston 12,804
Blaby / Whetstone 12,760
Birstall 12,216
Groby 6,782
Cosby 3,506
Queniborough 2,326
Littlethorpe 1,766
Total508,916
Change % from 2001Increase2.svg 15.3%

Analysis: 2001

Leicester urban area in 2001. Northern Beaumont Leys included.
Leicester subdivision
Other subdivisions LeicesterUrbanArea.svg
Leicester urban area in 2001. Northern Beaumont Leys included.
  Leicester subdivision
  Other subdivisions

Leicester Urban Area
2001 Census [4]

Urban subdivisionPopulation
Leicester ONS

City &
inner suburbs
in detail
 
City
273,758
Leicester UNITARY 279,921
*less Beaumont Leys
(see below)
5,579
*less Ashton Green584
 
Inner suburbs
56,816
Braunstone Town 14,981
Syston 11,608
Thurmaston 8,945
Glenfield 9,193
Glen Parva 5,902
Thurnby and Bushby 3,147
Scraptoft 1,521
Leicester Forest East 1,519
City &
inner suburbs

330,574

Wigston 33,116Outer suburbs

110,639

Oadby 22,679
Blaby / Whetstone 12,263
Birstall 11,480
Kirby Muxloe 9,500
Groby 6,256
Beaumont Leys 5,579
Ratby 3,862
Cosby 3,647
Queniborough 2,257
Total441,213
Change % from 1991Increase2.svg 5.8%

Analysis: 1991

Leicester urban area in 1991, with newly added southern subdivisions.
Leicester subdivision
Other subdivisions Leicester Urban Area 1991.svg
Leicester urban area in 1991, with newly added southern subdivisions.
  Leicester subdivision
  Other subdivisions

Leicester Urban Area
1991 Census [5]

Urban subdivisionPopulation
Leicester ONS City &
inner suburbs

318,518

Wigston 32,864Outer suburbs

98,083

Oadby 18,538
Birstall 11,770
Kirby Muxloe 7,780
Groby 7,183
Blaby 6,538
Whetstone 4,032
Ratby 3,601
Cosby 3,390
Queniborough 2,387
Total416,601
Change % from 1981Increase2.svg 3%

Analysis: 1981

Leicester urban area in 1981, showing shaded 'outer suburbs' subdivisions. The small text lists 'inner suburbs' within the Leicester ONS subdivision, but outside the unitary authority (city council) area.
Leicester subdivision
Other subdivisions Leicester Urban Area 1981.svg
Leicester urban area in 1981, showing shaded 'outer suburbs' subdivisions. The small text lists 'inner suburbs' within the Leicester ONS subdivision, but outside the unitary authority (city council) area.
  Leicester subdivision
  Other subdivisions

Leicester Urban Area
1981 Census [6]

Urban subdivisionPopulation
Leicester ONS City &
inner suburbs

324,394

Wigston 32,373Outer suburbs

80,008

Oadby 18,331
Birstall 12,519
Kirby Muxloe 6,896
Groby 4,689
Ratby 3,095
Queniborough 2,105
Total404,402



Analysis: Notes

The Leicester ONS sub-totals are explained with reference to the following:

Unitary authorities of England top and only level of local government in some parts of England

Unitary authorities of England are local authorities that are responsible for the provision of all local government services within a district. They are constituted under the Local Government Act 1992, which amended the Local Government Act 1972 to allow the existence of counties that do not have multiple districts. They typically allow large towns to have separate local authorities from the less urbanised parts of their counties and provide a single authority for small counties where division into districts would be impractical. Unitary authorities do not cover all of England. Most were established during the 1990s and a further tranche were created in 2009. Unitary authorities have the powers and functions that are elsewhere separately administered by councils of non-metropolitan counties and the non-metropolitan districts within them.

The Kirby Muxloe figures up to 2001 includes the portion of Leicester Forest East which is to the west of the M1 motorway. The eastern section is part of the Leicester ONS subdivision, and is listed separately in the 2001 table.

Although Stoughton is shown as a small leg of the urban area, its figures are not counted.

Stoughton, Leicestershire human settlement in United Kingdom

Stoughton is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire. The population at the 2011 census was 351.

Coordinates: 52°38′N1°08′W / 52.63°N 1.13°W / 52.63; -1.13

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