Population of counties in England in 2018

In 2018, there were approximately 8.9 million people living in Greater London, making it the most populated county in England. The West Midlands, which contains the large city of Birmingham was the second-largest county with 2.9 million inhabitants, followed by Greater Manchester and then West Yorkshire with populations of 2.8 and 2.3 million respectively.

A Patchwork of regions

England itself is just one of the four countries that compose the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with England, Scotland and Wales making up Great Britain. England is therefore not to be confused with Great Britain or the United Kingdom as a whole. Within England, the next sub-divisions are the nine regions of England, within which are contained a variety of smaller units such as unitary authorities, metropolitan counties and non-metropolitan districts. The counties in this statistic however are based on the ceremonial counties of England as defined by the Lieutenancies Act of 1997.

Regions of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Like England, the other countries of the United Kingdom have their own regional sub-divisions although with some different terminology. Scotland’s sub-divisions are council areas, while Wales has unitary authorities and Northern Ireland has local government districts.

Mid year population estimate of England in 2018, by county (in 1,000 inhabitants)*

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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Greater London is classed by official statistics as a region, while West Midlands, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, Merseyside, South Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear are Metropolitan Counties. The remaining counties are based on the ceremonial counties of England as defined by the Lieutenancies Act of 1997.

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