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List of administrative counties and county boroughs of England by population in 1971

This is a list of administrative counties and county boroughs of England by population as at the 1971 census. Three county boroughs, which had been formed in 1889 due to the Local Government Act, 1888, were abolished and absorbed into newly created London Boroughs on 1 April 1965. These were the county borough of Croydon, the county borough of East Ham and the county borough of West Ham, Croydon merged with the Coulsdon and Purley Urban District to form the London Borough of Croydon, and East Ham and West Ham merged, along with small parts of other local areas to form the London Borough of Newham.

Administrative countiesEdit

Administrative counties did not include the county boroughs, see below for their populations.

Rank Administrative county Population
1 Greater London 7,452,343
2 Lancashire 2,509,267
3 Yorkshire, West Riding 1,793,473
4 Kent 1,366,296
5 Essex 1,195,250
6 Cheshire 1,108,775
7 Surrey 1,002,892
8 Hampshire 999,056
9 Hertfordshire 924,641
10 Durham 814,396
11 Staffordshire 736,870
12 Nottinghamshire 675,770
13 Derbyshire 665,548
14 Warwickshire 625,229
15 Somerset 597,991
16 Buckinghamshire 587,556
17 Gloucestershire 559,821
18 Northumberland 504,207
19 Berkshire 503,921
20 Sussex, West 492,500
21 Leicestershire 487,893
22 Wiltshire 486,755
23 Worcestershire 456,230
24 Devon 453,969
25 Norfolk 445,302
26 Sussex, East 443,294
27 Cornwall 381,665
28 Lincolnshire, Parts of Lindsey 375,365
29 Dorset 361,925
30 Northamptonshire 341,981
31 Shropshire 337,104
32 Yorkshire, North Riding 329,423
33 Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely 303,042
34 Bedfordshire 302,878
35 Oxfordshire 272,780
36 Suffolk, East 258,151
37 Yorkshire, East Riding 257,340
38 Cumberland 220,607
39 Huntingdon and Peterborough 202,622
40 Suffolk, West 164,732
41 Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven 158,279
42 Herefordshire 138,638
43 Isle of Wight 109,515
44 Lincolnshire, Parts of Holland 105,685
45 Westmorland 72,837
46 Rutland 27,471
TOTAL 32,611,285

County boroughsEdit

Rank County borough Associated county in census Population
1 Birmingham Warwickshire 1,014,669
2 Liverpool Lancashire 610,114
3 Manchester Lancashire 543,650
4 Sheffield Yorkshire, West Riding 520,325
5 Leeds Yorkshire, West Riding 496,010
6 Bristol Gloucestershire 426,656
7 Teesside Yorkshire, North Riding 396,233
8 Coventry Warwickshire 335,239
9 Nottingham Nottinghamshire 300,633
10 Bradford Yorkshire, West Riding 294,175
11 Kingston upon Hull Yorkshire, East Riding 285,969
12 Leicester Leicestershire 284,210
13 Wolverhampton Staffordshire 269,112
14 Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire 265,258
15 Plymouth Devon 239,454
16 Newcastle upon Tyne Northumberland 222,208
17 Derby Derbyshire 219,582
18 Sunderland Durham 217,075
19 Southampton Hampshire 215,120
20 Portsmouth Hampshire 197,429
21 Dudley Staffordshire 185,581
22 Walsall Staffordshire 184,734
23 West Bromwich Staffordshire 166,592
24 Warley Worcestershire 163,567
25 Southend-on-Sea Essex 162,770
26 Luton Bedfordshire 161,408
27 Brighton East Sussex 161,352
28 Bolton Lancashire 154,202
29 Bournemouth Hampshire 153,871
30 Blackpool Lancashire 151,857
31 Stockport Cheshire 139,643
32 Birkenhead Cheshire 137,850
33 Reading Berkshire 132,939
34 Huddersfield Yorkshire, West Riding 131,190
35 Salford Lancashire 130,977
36 Northampton Northamptonshire 126,644
37 Ipswich East Suffolk 123,313
38 Norwich Norfolk 122,083
39 Torbay Devon 109,260
40 Oxford Oxfordshire 108,804
41 Solihull Warwickshire 107,093
42 Oldham Lancashire 105,914
43 York Yorkshire, West Riding 104,783
44 St Helens Lancashire 104,340
45 Blackburn Lancashire 101,817
46 South Shields Durham 100,661
47 Preston Lancashire 98,090
48 Wallasey Cheshire 97,216
49 Hartlepool Durham 97,094
50 Exeter Devon 95,726
51 Grimsby Lincolnshire 95,540
52 Gateshead Durham 94,468
53 Rochdale Lancashire 91,450
54 Halifax Yorkshire, West Riding 91,273
55 Gloucester Gloucestershire 90,233
56 Darlington Durham 85,939
57 Rotherham Yorkshire, West Riding 84,802
58 Bath Somerset 84,674
59 Southport Lancashire 84,571
60 Doncaster Yorkshire, West Riding 82,668
61 Wigan Lancashire 81,144
62 Burnley Lancashire 76,512
63 Barnsley Yorkshire, West Riding 75,397
64 Bootle Lancashire 74,295
65 Lincoln Lincolnshire, Parts of Kesteven 74,270
66 Worcester Worcestershire 73,454
67 Hastings East Sussex 72,410
68 Carlisle Cumberland 71,580
69 Eastbourne East Sussex 70,920
70 Tynemouth Northumberland 69,339
71 Warrington Lancashire 68,322
72 Bury Lancashire 67,848
73 Barrow-in-Furness Lancashire 64,035
74 Chester Chester 62,913
75 Wakefield Yorkshire, West Riding 59,591
76 Dewsbury Yorkshire, West Riding 51,326
77 Great Yarmouth Norfolk 50,236
78 Burton upon Trent Staffordshire 50,201
79 Canterbury Kent 33,175
TOTAL 13,407,078

ReferencesEdit

  • 1971 census

See alsoEdit