Population of largest urban areas in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

Population of the largest urban areas in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, (in million inhabitants)*

by Daniel Clark, last edited Sep 26, 2019
Population of largest urban areas in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018 London was by far the largest urban area in the United Kingdom in 2018, with a population of 8.9 million people, almost four times as large as Birmingham, the UK’s second biggest city. The northern English cities of Manchester and Leeds had the third and fourth largest populations respectively, while the biggest city in Scotland, Glasgow was the fifth largest.

 London larger than many regions

  With such a huge population, London was larger than almost all the regions of England, except for South East England, which had a population of 9.13 million in 2018. The third most-heavily populated region in England is the North West which includes the large settlements of Manchester, Liverpool Warrington and Preston.

London’s population growth

  Throughout the 1980s the population of London fluctuated from a high of 6.81 million people in 1981 to a low of 6.73 million inhabitants in 1988. During the 1990s the population of London increased from 6.8 million at the start of the decade to 7.15 million by 1999. London's population has continued to increase in the 21st century, reaching a peak of 8.77 million people in 2017. and is forecast to reach 10.35 million by 2041.
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Population of the largest urban areas in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, (in million inhabitants)*

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