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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 Counties England Regions County Population Pop. Rank Area (sq.km) Area (sq. mi.) Area Rank
Bedfordshire East. 664,600 36th 1,235 477 41st
Berkshire South East. 905,800 24th 1,262 487 40th
Bristol South West. 463,405 43rd 110 42 47th
Buckinghamshire South East. 803,400 30th 1,874 724 32nd
Cambridgeshire East. 847,200 28th 3,390 1,310 15th
Cheshire North West. 1,054,100 19th 2,343 905 25th
City of London[3] London. 7,700 48th 2.9 1.12 48th
Cornwall[2] South West. 565,968 40th 3,546 1,375 12th
County Durham North East. 862,600 26th 2,721 1,033 19th
Cumbria North West. 498,400 41st 6,767 2,613 3rd
Derbyshire East Midlands. 1,049,000 20th 2,625 1,014 21st
Devon South West. 1,185,500 11th 6,707 2,590 4th
Dorset South West. 770,700 31st 2,653 1,024 20th
East Riding of Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber. 598,700 37th 2,479 956 23rd
East Sussex South East. 840,400 29th 1,791 692 33rd
Essex East. 1,820,400 7th 3,670 1,420 11th
Gloucestershire South West. 907,200 23rd 3,150 1,220 16th
Greater London[3] London. 8,817,300 1st 1,569 606 37th
Greater Manchester[1] North West. 2,798,800 3rd 1,276 493 39th
Hampshire South East. 1,837,800 5th 3,769 1,455 9th
Herefordshire West Midlands. 191,000 45th 2,180 840 26th
Hertfordshire East. 1,180,900 13th 1,643 634 36th
Isle of Wight South East. 141,000 46th 384 150 46th
Kent South East. 1,832,300 6th 3,738 1,443 10th
Lancashire North West. 1,490,500 8th 3,075 1,187 17th
Leicestershire East Midlands. 1,043,800 21st 2,156 832 28th
Lincolnshire East Midlands. 1,082,300 18th 6,975 2,693 2nd
Merseyside[1] North West. 1,416,800 9th 647 250 43rd
Norfolk East. 898,400 25th 5,380 2,080 5th
North Yorkshire Yorkshire and the Humber. 1,153,400 14th 8,654 3,341 1st
Northamptonshire East Midlands. 741,200 33rd 2,364 913 24th
Northumberland North East. 319,000 44th 5,013 1,936 6th
Nottinghamshire East Midlands. 1,147,100 15th 2,159 834 27th
Oxfordshire South East. 682,400 35th 2,605 1,006 22nd
Rutland East Midlands. 39,500 47th 382 147 45th
Shropshire West Midlands. 493,200 42nd 3,488 1,347 13th
Somerset South West. 956,700 22nd 4,170 1,610 7th
South Yorkshire[1] Yorkshire and the Humber. 1,393,400 10th 1,552 599 38th
Staffordshire West Midlands. 1,126,200 17th 2,714 1,048 18th
Suffolk East. 757,000 32nd 3,801 1,468 8th
Surrey South East. 1,185,300 12th 1,663 642 35th
Tyne and Wear[1] North East. 1,129,500 16th 540 210 44th
Warwickshire West Midlands. 564,600 39th 1,975 763 31st
West Midlands[1] West Midlands. 2,897,300 2nd 902 348 42nd
West Sussex South East. 852,400 27th 1,991 769 30th
West Yorkshire[1] Yorkshire and the Humber. 2,307,000 4th 2,029 783 29th
Wiltshire South West. 716,400 34th 3,485 1,346 14th
Worcestershire West Midlands. 588,400 38th 1,741 672 34th

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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