England unitary authorities

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England Unitary Authorities List

This table lists all 55 current England unitary authorities. Unitary authorities are local government administration areas, each a single local council .

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England Unitary Authorities 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Created Council/s Population Pop. Rank Area (km2) Area (sq. mi.) Area Rank
Bath and North East Somerset 1996 Bath and North East Somerset Council. 192,106 33rd 346 134 19th
Bedford 2009 Bedford Borough Council. 171,623 38th 476 184 15th
Blackburn with Darwen 1998 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. 148,942 45th 137 53 35th
Blackpool 1998 Blackpool Council. 139,305 48th 35 14 53rd
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole [2] 2019 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. 395,784 5th 161 62 34th
Bracknell Forest 1998 Bracknell Forest Borough Council. 121,676 52nd 109 42 37th
Brighton and Hove 1997 Brighton and Hove City Council. 290,395 14th 83 32 40th
Bristol 1996 Bristol City Council. 463,405 4th 110 42 36th
Central Bedfordshire 2009 Central Bedfordshire Council. 283,606 15th 716 276 12th
Cheshire East 2009 Cheshire East Council. 380,790 6th 1,166 450 9th
Cheshire West and Chester 2009 Cheshire West and Chester Council. 340,502 9th 917 354 10th
Cornwall [1] 2009 Cornwall Council. 565,968 1st 3,546 1369 2nd
County Durham 2009 Durham County Council. 526,980 2nd 2,226 859 7th
Darlington 1997 Darlington Borough Council. 106,566 53rd 198 76 27th
Derby 1997 Derby City Council. 257,174 21st 78 30 43rd
Dorset [2] 2019 Dorset Council. 374,916 7th 2,492 962 5th
East Riding of Yorkshire 1996 East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 339,614 10th 2,405 929 6th
Halton 1998 Halton Borough Council. 128,432 51st 79 31 42nd
Hartlepool 1996 Hartlepool Borough Council. 93,242 54th 94 36 38th
Herefordshire 1998 Herefordshire Council. 192,107 32nd 2,180 842 8th
Isle of Wight 1995 Isle of Wight Council. 141,538 46th 380 147 17th
Kingston upon Hull 1996 Hull City Council. 260,645 20th 28 11 55th
Leicester 1997 Leicester City Council. 355,218 8th 73 28 45th
Luton 1997 Luton Borough Council. 214,109 26th 43 17 49th
Medway 1998 Medway Council. 277,855 17th 194 75 29th
Middlesbrough 1996 Middlesbrough Borough Council. 140,545 47th 54 21 47th
Milton Keynes 1997 Milton Keynes Council. 268,607 18th 309 119 21st
North East Lincolnshire 1996 North East Lincolnshire Council. 159,821 41st 192 74 30th
North Lincolnshire 1996 North Lincolnshire Council. 172,005 37th 846 327 11th
North Somerset 1996 North Somerset Council. 213,919 27th 374 144 18th
Northumberland 2009 Northumberland County Council. 320,274 12th 5,014 1936 1st
Nottingham 1998 Nottingham City Council. 331,069 11th 75 29 44th
Peterborough 1998 Peterborough City Council. 201,041 30th 343 132 20th
Plymouth 1998 Plymouth City Council. 263,100 19th 80 31 41st
Portsmouth 1997 Portsmouth City Council. 215,133 25th 40 15 51st
Reading 1998 Reading Borough Council. 163,203 40th 40 15 52nd
Redcar and Cleveland 1996 Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. 136,718 49th 245 95 24th
Rutland 1997 Rutland County Council. 39,697 55th 382 147 16th
Shropshire 2009 Shropshire Council. 320,274 13th 3,197 1234 4th
Slough 1998 Slough Borough Council. 149,112 44th 33 13 54th
South Gloucestershire 1996 South Gloucestershire Council. 282,644 16th 497 192 14th
Southampton 1997 Southampton City Council. 252,796 23rd 50 19 48th
Southend-on-Sea 1998 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. 182,463 34th 42 16 50th
Stockton-on-Tees 1996 Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. 197,213 31st 205 79 26th
Stoke-on-Trent 1998 Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 255,833 22nd 93 36 39th
Swindon 1998 Swindon Borough Council. 221,996 24th 230 89 25th
Telford and Wrekin 1998 Telford and Wrekin Borough Council. 177,799 35th 290 112 22nd
Thurrock 1998 Thurrock Council. 172,525 36th 164 63 33rd
Torbay 1998 Torbay Council. 135,780 50th 63 24 46th
Warrington 1998 Warrington Borough Council. 209,547 29th 181 70 31st
West Berkshire 1998 West Berkshire Council. 158,527 42nd 704 272 13th
Wiltshire 2009 Wiltshire Council. 498,064 3rd 3,255 1257 3rd
Windsor and Maidenhead 1998 Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council. 150,906 43rd 197 76 28th
Wokingham 1998 Wokingham Borough Council. 167,979 39th 179 69 32nd
York 1996 City of York Council. 209,893 28th 272 105 23rd

Notes: [1] Cornwall includes the Isles of Scilly. Compiled using data from the Office for National Statistics. [2] In April 2019 two new England unitary authorities were created.

Frequently Asked Question - FAQs About England's Unitary Authorities

England Unitary Authorities FAQs

When was the first English Unitary Authority Created?

The first Unitary Authority in England was the Isle of Wight, established in 1995. 13 more were added in 1996, 9 in 1997, 21 in 1998, 9 in 2009 and 2 in 2019.

Which is the largest Unitary Authority?

Cornwall is the biggest Unitary Authority in England by population with almost 566,000 people. Northumberland is the largest by area covering 1,936 square miles.

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