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England Counties

England Counties List

This table lists all 48 current England counties. They are officially “ceremonial England counties”, as defined in the 1997 Lieutenancies Act, which distinguishes them from local government administration areas. England’s counties are also known as “geographical England counties” because they include permanent natural boundaries and features. “England’s historic counties” evolved from tribal Britain into administrative areas during the Roman and Norman occupations.

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England CountiesEngland RegionsCounty PopulationPop. RankArea (sq.km)Area (sq. mi.)Area Rank
BedfordshireEast.664,60036th1,23547741st
BerkshireSouth East.905,80024th1,26248740th
BristolSouth West.463,40543rd1104247th
BuckinghamshireSouth East.803,40030th1,87472432nd
CambridgeshireEast.847,20028th3,3901,31015th
CheshireNorth West.1,054,10019th2,34390525th
City of London[3]London.7,70048th2.91.1248th
Cornwall[2]South West.565,96840th3,5461,37512th
County DurhamNorth East.862,60026th2,7211,03319th
CumbriaNorth West.498,40041st6,7672,6133rd
DerbyshireEast Midlands.1,049,00020th2,6251,01421st
DevonSouth West.1,185,50011th6,7072,5904th
DorsetSouth West.770,70031st2,6531,02420th
East Riding of YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber.598,70037th2,47995623rd
East SussexSouth East.840,40029th1,79169233rd
EssexEast.1,820,4007th3,6701,42011th
GloucestershireSouth West.907,20023rd3,1501,22016th
Greater London[3]London.8,817,3001st1,56960637th
Greater Manchester[1]North West.2,798,8003rd1,27649339th
HampshireSouth East.1,837,8005th3,7691,4559th
HerefordshireWest Midlands.191,00045th2,18084026th
HertfordshireEast.1,180,90013th1,64363436th
Isle of WightSouth East.141,00046th38415046th
KentSouth East.1,832,3006th3,7381,44310th
LancashireNorth West.1,490,5008th3,0751,18717th
LeicestershireEast Midlands.1,043,80021st2,15683228th
LincolnshireEast Midlands.1,082,30018th6,9752,6932nd
Merseyside[1]North West.1,416,8009th64725043rd
NorfolkEast.898,40025th5,3802,0805th
North YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber.1,153,40014th8,6543,3411st
NorthamptonshireEast Midlands.741,20033rd2,36491324th
NorthumberlandNorth East.319,00044th5,0131,9366th
NottinghamshireEast Midlands.1,147,10015th2,15983427th
OxfordshireSouth East.682,40035th2,6051,00622nd
RutlandEast Midlands.39,50047th38214745th
ShropshireWest Midlands.493,20042nd3,4881,34713th
SomersetSouth West.956,70022nd4,1701,6107th
South Yorkshire[1]Yorkshire and the Humber.1,393,40010th1,55259938th
StaffordshireWest Midlands.1,126,20017th2,7141,04818th
SuffolkEast.757,00032nd3,8011,4688th
SurreySouth East.1,185,30012th1,66364235th
Tyne and Wear[1]North East.1,129,50016th54021044th
WarwickshireWest Midlands.564,60039th1,97576331st
West Midlands[1]West Midlands.2,897,3002nd90234842nd
West SussexSouth East.852,40027th1,99176930th
West Yorkshire[1]Yorkshire and the Humber.2,307,0004th2,02978329th
WiltshireSouth West.716,40034th3,4851,34614th
WorcestershireWest Midlands.588,40038th1,74167234th

Notes: [1]In 1974 six English metropolitan counties were created, which are also ceremonial English counties. [2]Cornwall includes the Isles of Scilly. [3]The City of London is an enclave within Greater London.

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