South Yorkshire

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Population density map, Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley

The table below outlines many of the county's settlements, and is formatted according to their metropolitan borough.

South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire UK locator map 2010.svg
Coordinates: 53°30′N1°20′W / 53.500°N 1.333°W / 53.500; -1.333 Coordinates: 53°30′N1°20′W / 53.500°N 1.333°W / 53.500; -1.333
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Established1 April 1974
Established by Local Government Act 1972
Time zone UTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of Parliament List of MPs
Police South Yorkshire Police
Ceremonial county
Lord Lieutenant Andrew Coombe
High Sheriff Mrs Carole O'Neill [1] (2020–21)
Area1,552 km2 (599 sq mi)
  Ranked 38th of 48
Population (2021)1,402,918
  Ranked 10th of 48
Density904/km2 (2,340/sq mi)
Ethnicity90.7% White
3.4% S.Asian
2.0% Black
1.5% Mixed
2.5% Other
Metropolitan countyMetropolitan boroughCentre of administrationOther places
South Yorkshire Barnsley (borough) SYorks-Barnsley.png Barnsley (town) Billingley, Birdwell, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dodworth, Goldthorpe, Great Houghton, Grimethorpe, Hoyland Nether, Royston, Penistone, Thurnscoe, Wombwell, Worsbrough
City of Doncaster SYorks-Doncaster.png Doncaster (town) Adwick le Street, Armthorpe, Askern, Auckley, Balby, Barnby Dun, Bawtry, Bentley, Bessacarr, Braithwell, Branton, Cantley, Carcroft, Conisbrough, Cusworth Denaby, Dunscroft, Dunsville, Edenthorpe, Edlington, Finningley, Fishlake, Hatfield, Hyde Park, Intake, Kirk Sandall, Loversall, Marr, Mexborough, Micklebring, Moorends, Scawsby, Scawthorpe, Skellow, Stainforth, Rossington, Sykehouse, Norton, Thorne, Tickhill, Wadworth, Warmsworth, Wheatley, Wheatley Hills
Rotherham (borough) SYorks-Rotherham.png Rotherham (town) Anston, Aughton, Brinsworth, Dinnington, Harthill, Kiveton Park, Maltby, Rawmarsh, Scholes, Swinton, Thorpe Hesley, Todwick, Treeton, Thurcroft, Wales, Wath-upon-Dearne, Woodsetts, Whiston
City of Sheffield SYorks-Sheffield.png Sheffield City Centre Beighton, Chapeltown, Highlane, Mosborough, Oughtibridge, Stocksbridge, Wharncliffe Side

Of these settlements above, South Yorkshire has three main urban areas: the Dearne Valley which covers Barnsley and surrounding area; the Sheffield urban area which covers Sheffield, Rotherham and surrounding area; and the Doncaster urban area which covers Doncaster and surrounding area.


The coat of arms of the former South Yorkshire County Council. Arms of South Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council.svg
The coat of arms of the former South Yorkshire County Council.
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Castlegate Quarter, Sheffield City Centre Formerly Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, includes South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
South Yorkshire County Council Central Offices, Barnsley Abolished in 1986
South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat BarnsleyThe only metropolitan county in the UK that has established a formal joint secretariat. [25]
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Cultural Industries Quarter, Sheffield City Centre
South Yorkshire Police Carbrook, Sheffield
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Barnsley Town Hall Covers Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley
Doncaster Council Doncaster Civic Office Covers City of Doncaster district
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Rotherham Town Hall Covers Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham
Sheffield City Council Sheffield Town Hall Covers City of Sheffield district

The South Yorkshire County Council was abolished and its districts effectively became unitary authorities; they are the City of Sheffield, the City of Doncaster, the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley and the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham. [26]

In 1986, throughout England the metropolitan county councils were abolished. The ceremonial county with a Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and a High Sheriff was retained. The county remains defined as metropolitan, functions of the county council devolved to the boroughs with many functions administered by joint authorities (such a passenger transport executive) containing representatives of the four councils.

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority was established in 2014 to bring the leaders of the four councils to give the county a main statutory body. It is led by the directly elected Mayor of South Yorkshire.

In the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, South Yorkshire voted 62% leave and 38% remain, making it one of the most heavily Leave areas in the country.


As one of the least prosperous areas in Western Europe, South Yorkshire has been targeted for funding from the European Regional Development Fund. This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of South Yorkshire at current basic prices with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling. [27]

However, the county has experienced a recent growth in the services sector. In the FDI European Cities and Regions of the Future 2022/23 Awards, Doncaster was ranked the best small city in Europe for investment.

YearRegional Gross Value Added [28]

Places of interest

Rother Valley Country Park East of the lake at Rother Valley Country Park (geograph 7049522).jpg
Rother Valley Country Park
AP Icon.svg Abbey/Priory/Cathedral
UKAL icon.svg Accessible open space
Themepark uk icon.png Amusement/Theme Park
CL icon.svg Castle
Country parks.svg Country Park
EH icon.svg English Heritage
Forestry Commission
HR icon.svg Heritage railway
HH icon.svg Historic House
AP Icon.svg Places of Worship
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Museum (free/not free)
NTE icon.svg National Trust
Drama-icon.svg Theatre
Zoo icon.jpg Zoo

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Doncaster</span> City in South Yorkshire, England

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Barnsley</span> Town in South Yorkshire, England

Barnsley is a market town in South Yorkshire, England. It is the main settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley and the fourth largest settlement in South Yorkshire. The town's population was 96,888 in 2021, while the wider borough had a population of 244,600 in the 2021 census.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham</span> Metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive</span>

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">People's Republic of South Yorkshire</span>

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The South Yorkshire Coalfield is so named from its position within Yorkshire. It covers most of South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and a small part of North Yorkshire. The exposed coalfield outcrops in the Pennine foothills and dips under Permian rocks in the east. Its most famous coal seam is the Barnsley Bed. Coal has been mined from shallow seams and outcrops since medieval times and possibly earlier.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat</span>

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