Southampton Urban Area
In the 2001 Census, the area had a population of 304,400. With 234,224 people, Southampton itself makes up over three-quarters of the population. Bishopstoke (17,282) and Eastleigh (52,894) provide the remainder.
The Southampton Urban Area forms part of a metropolitan area – the Portsmouth/Southampton Metropolitan Area – that also includes the Portsmouth Urban Area and stretches from Andover to Bognor Regis. With a population of 1,547,000 (2001 Census) this is the eighth most populous metropolitan area in the United Kingdom.
In the lead up to the Local Government Act 1972 there was an active proposal to make South Hampshire into a fully fledged metropolitan county but this plan was not adopted. The various cities and boroughs of South Hampshire remained under control of Hampshire County Council based at Winchester. However, in 1997, the City of Southampton became a unitary authority.
- The UK’s major urban areas as defined by the Office for National Statistics
- "British urban pattern: population data" (pdf). ESPON project 1.4.3 Study on Urban Functions. European Spatial Planning Observation Network. March 2007. p. 119. Retrieved 2010-12-20.