List of settlements in Leicestershire by population

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Map showing the 20 largest settlements within Leicestershire. Larger settlements in other surrounding counties are shown in pale-blue. Leicester Metro Region** major towns southeast of the county shown in yellow.
  1. = * Administrative centre for district.
  2. = ** Leicester EurostatMETROREG (Leics, Leicester, N Northants & Rutland)
Map of 'Greater Leicester' showing its extra muros suburbs and commuter settlements

Below is a list of settlements in Leicestershire (including the City of Leicester) by population based on the results of the 2011 census, where the population exceeded 2,000 (52 locations), as well as county and regional demographics in detail.


Demographics

City and county

The City of Leicester's and its contiguous urban extension has a population of 509,000 inhabitants. The next largest settlements are two towns - Loughborough and Hinckley - with populations in the range of 40 to 80 thousands.

The 2011 list of UK metropolitan areas shows the population of the Leicester Metropolitan Area to have been 0.75 million.

Government projections calculated in Q4 2014 show that the combined population of Leicester/Leicestershire (excluding quasi-interdependent, Rutland) will increase by some 7.6% to approximately 1.06 million in the ten years from the 2011 census to the date of the upcoming 2021 census.

Wider environs

A 'conservative' Leicester City Region which extends beyond the county boundary to include, Corby, Kettering, Rutland and Wellingborough districts would have a population estimated at 1.34 million. A more 'liberal' city region adding Northampton and Daventry would have a total of 1.60 million inhabitants (2015).

This region corresponds approximately to Eurostat Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS); EurostatNUTS UKF2 region (Combined Leicestershire/City of Leicester, Northamptonshire and Rutland); population 1.77 million (2015) and a projected population of 1.85 million (2020) that also includes East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire districts.

An even more 'expansive' Leicester City Region might extend further south- and eastwards beyond the limits of the EurostatNUTS UKF2 region into Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. This assumes that the competing 'pulls' of the neighbouring cities of Coventry, Nottingham, Derby, Peterborough, Lichfield, Birmingham, Lincoln, Cambridge, Oxford, St. Albans through to the more distant capital (City of London, City of Westminster, Southwark), are not so strong as that of the Leicester 'city region' / EurostatNUTS UKF2 region.

List of larger settlements#I/IIx/ villages#IIIx by population

Rank § Built-up Area Population[1][2][3] UA/Borough/ District Local areas included and excluded
2001 2011
1 Leicester* 330,574

(279,921)

443,760

(329,839)

City of Leicester (UA)

Oadby and Wigston;

Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough: parts

The makeup of the Leicester area figures is shown at the Leicester Built-Up Area article.

Figures in brackets are the population of the city council (Unitary Authority/UA) area.

2 IIγ Loughborough* 55,258 59,932 Charnwood Includes Dishley, Nanpantan, Snell's Nook, Shelthorpe, Thorpe Acre. Excludes Cotes, Hathern, Woodthorpe
3 IIγ Hinckley* 43,246 45,249 Hinckley and Bosworth Includes Burbage, Hollycroft, Middlefield, Sketchley. Excludes Aston Flamville, Wykin
4 IIδ Wigston* 33,116 ⤴︎ Oadby and Wigston Included within Leicester's figure in 2011
5 IIδ Coalville* 31,884 34,024 North West Leicestershire Includes Agar Nook, Donington le Heath, Greenhill, Hugglescote, Thringstone, Whitwick. Excludes Abbots Oak, Bardon, Coleorton, Ellistown, Grace-Dieu, Griffydam, Newbold, Osgathorpe, Peggs Green, Ravenstone, Sinope, Snibston, Swannington
6 IIδ Melton Mowbray* 25,554 27,158 Melton Includes New Guadaloupe. Excludes Asfordby, Brentingby, Burton Lazars, Eye Kettleby, Old Guadaloupe, Thorpe Arnold, Welby
7 IIδ Market Harborough* 20,127 22,911 Harborough Includes Great Bowden, Little Bowden. Excludes East Farndon and Lubenham
8 IIδ Oadby 22,679 ⤴︎ Oadby and Wigston Included within Leicester's figure in 2011
9 IIε Earl Shilton 18,366 19,069 Hinckley and Bosworth Includes Barwell. Excludes Elmesthorpe
10 IIε Narborough*/
Enderby
12,996 14,119 Blaby Excludes Croft, Littlethorpe, Huncote, Thurlaston
11 IIε Shepshed 12,882 13,505 Charnwood Includes Finney (Fenney) Hill and the Iveshead Road area. Excludes Blackbrook, Oaks in Charnwood
12 IIε Syston 11,508 12,804 Charnwood Excludes Barkby, East Goscote, Queniborough
13 IIε Whetstone 6,100 12,760(⇮) Blaby 2011 figure includes Blaby Village. Excludes Cosby
14 IIε Ashby-de-la-Zouch 11,409 12,370 North West Leicestershire Includes Cliftonthorpe and Rotherwood. Excludes Annswell, Blackfordby, Lount, Moira, Packington, Shellbrook, Smisby, Willesley
15 IIε Birstall 11,480 12,216 Charnwood Included within Leicester's figure in 2011
16 IIε Mountsorrel 11,306 12,120 Charnwood Includes Rothley. Excludes Cropston, Swithland
17 IIIα (IIζ) Lutterworth 8,752 9,907 Harborough Includes Bitteswell. Excludes Cotesbach, Misterton
18 IIIα (IIζ) Broughton Astley 8,290 8,940 Harborough Includes Primethorpe. Excludes Sutton in the Elms
19 IIIα (IIζ) Sileby 7,103 8,433 Charnwood Includes Cossington. Excludes Seagrave
20 IIIα (IIζ) Groby 6,256 6,782 Charnwood Excludes Glenfield, Ratby
21 IIIα (IIζ) Anstey 5,821 6,528 Charnwood Excludes Newtown Linford
22 IIIα (IIζ) Castle Donington 5,977 6,416 North West Leicestershire Includes Hill Top. Excludes Hemington, Lockington
23 IIIα (IIζ) Countesthorpe 6,393 6,377 Blaby Excludes Kilby
24 IIIα (IIζ) Blaby Village 6,163 Blaby See Whetstone for 2011
25 IIIα (IIζ) Ibstock 5,760 6,201 North West Leicestershire Excludes Heather
26 IIIα (IIζ) Barrow-upon-Soar 5,083 5,956 Charnwood
27 IIIα (IIζ) Kibworth Harcourt 4,788 5,433 Harborough Includes Kibworth Beauchamp. Excludes Carlton Curlieu, Fleckney, Smeeton Westerby, Tur Langton
28 IIIα (IIζ) Measham 4,849 5,209 North West Leicestershire Excludes Snarestone
29 IIIα (IIζ) Quorn 4,961 5,177 Charnwood Excludes Woodhouse, Woodthorpe
30 IIIβ Markfield 4,969 4,993 Hinckley and Bosworth Includes Field Head, Little Markfield, Upper Grange. Excludes Stanton under Bardon
31 IIIβ Fleckney 4,610 4,894 Harborough Excludes Saddington, Wistow
32 IIIβ Ratby 3,862 4,468 Hinckley and Bosworth
33 IIIβ Desford 3,676 3,930 Hinckley and Bosworth Includes Botcheston and Newtown Unthank
34 IIIβ Stoney Stanton 3,454 3,793 Blaby
35 IIIβ Moira/Norris Hill 3,496 3,763 North West Leicestershire Ashby Woulds parish count. Includes Albert Village, Boothorpe, Littleworth, Spring Cottage
36 IIIβ Great Glen 3,220 3,662 Harborough
37 IIIβ Kegworth 3,338 3,601 North West Leicestershire
38 IIIβ Bottesford 3,436 3,587 Melton
39 IIIβ Cosby 3,647 3,506 Blaby
40 IIIβ Asfordby 3,107 3,286 Melton Includes Ashfordby Hill, Ashfordby Valley, Welby
41 IIIβ Newbold Verdon 3,193 3,012 Hinckley and Bosworth Includes Brascote and Newbold Heath
42 IIIβ East Goscote 2,809 2,866 Charnwood
43 IIIβ Donisthorpe 2,336 2,637 North West Leicestershire Includes Oakthorpe
44 IIIβ Ellistown 2,106 2,626 North West Leicestershire Includes Battleflat
45 IIIβ Bagworth 1,836 2,605 Hinckley and Bosworth Includes Thornton
46 IIIβ Harby 2,428 2,577 Melton Includes Hose and Long Clawson
47 IIIβ Sapcote 2,257 2,442 Blaby
48 IIIβ Queniborough 2,257 2,326 Charnwood
49 IIIβ Woodhouse 2,013 2,319 Charnwood Includes Woodhouse Eaves
50 IIIβ Ravenstone 2,149 2,212 North West Leicestershire Includes parts of Sinope, Snibston
51 IIIβ Market Bosworth 1,906 2,097 Hinckley and Bosworth
52 IIIβ Cropston 2,076 2,074 Charnwood Includes Thurcaston

Notes:

  • The Office of National Statistics (ONS) subdivide built-up areas into sectors which do not respect administrative or political boundaries. If those areas have a strong city/town/village identity, for population purposes they are classed into a distinct area.
  • Leicester in particular will include population counts from suburbs which are not within the city boundaries – but are close enough to be counted together.
  • * – District HQ location.
  • - Civil parish population figure.

Summary of larger settlements#I/IIx/ villages#IIIx in EurostatNUTS UKF2 region

(City of Leicester~'metro' and counties of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire & Rutland)

§ I § II § III Category Population: 2011 ≃,Interval,≃ Leicester & Leics

Northants

Rutland

TOTAL

Mega-city 10.00 - 40.00 millions 0 0 0 0
Cosmopolis 5.00 - 10.00 millions 0 0 0 0
Metro-conurbation Tier-1 2.50 - 5.00 millions 0 0 0 0
Metro-conurbation Tier-2 1.25 - 2.50 millions 0 0 0 0
Metropolitan city Tier-1 0.625 - 1.25 million 0 0 0 0
Metropolitan city Tier-2 0.320 - 0.625 million 1 0 0 1
IIα City ⦙ quasi-City 160 - 320 thousands 0 1 0 1
IIβ City (rural) ⦙ County borough 80 - 160 thousands 0 0 0 0
IIγ Borough (administrative/academic) 40 - 80 thousands 2 3 0 5
IIδ Town (administrative) 20 - 40 thousands 3 2 0 5
IIε Town 10 - 20 thousands 7 2 1 10
urban areas pop'n >10,000 Count 13 8 1 22
Σ Σ Σ 2011 urban areas Populations 742,000 452,000 11,000 1,205,000
Sub-total % ⟪2011 ⦙ datum⟫ 75.60% 65.30% 29.70% 71.50%
IIζ IIIα Town (rural) ⦙ Village (commuter) 5,000-10,000 12 10 0 22
IIIβ Village (large) 2,000-5,000 23 16 1 40
IIIγ Village 500-2,000 62 81 15 158
IIIδ Rural village 100-500 + + + +
IIIε Hamlet <100 + + + +
rural communities pop'n <10,000 Count 97+ 107+ 16+ 220+
Σ Σ Σ 2011 rural communities Populations 239,000 240,000 26,000 505,000
Sub-total % ⟪2011 ⦙ datum⟫ 24.40% 34.70% 70.30% 29.50%
Villages/Towns/Cities Count 110+ 115+ 17+ 242+
2011 Census Actuals Populations 981,000 692,000 37,000 1,710,000
Total Base-line %

⟪2011 ⦙ datum⟫

100% 100% 100% 100%
2016 Estimate Populations 1,031,000 733,000 38,500 1,802,500
Total % ⟪2011 ⦙ datum⟫ 105.1% 105.9% 104.1% 105.4%
2026 Projection Populations 1,103,000 790,000 39,500 1,932,500
Total % ⟪2011 ⦙ datum⟫ 112.4% 114.2% 106.8% 113.0%
2036 Projection Populations 1,172,500 840,500 41,000 2,054,000
Total % ⟪2011 ⦙ datum⟫ 119.5% 121.5% 110.8% 120.1%

The above table summarises the key centres within the UKF2 Region by population range (category) and number of occurrences (count). The combined population of the EurostatNUTS UKF2 region is projected to reach the 2 million mark just after the 2031 census (2031-2).

See also

References

  1. ^ "Leicestershire (County, East Midlands, United Kingdom) – Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Leicester (Unitary District, East Midlands, United Kingdom) – Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Leicester (Unitary District, East Midlands, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 

External links

  • Link to ONS built up area statistics

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