10 Largest UK Cities

Below are the 10 largest UK cities by population, according to the census of 2011. They are listed by – Rank. City – Region / Country – Population – (change from 2001 census).

1. London – Greater London – 8,173,941 – (up from 7,172,091 in 2001)

2. Birmingham – West Midlands – 1,085,810 – (up from 970,892 in 2001)

3. Glasgow – Scotland – 590,507 – (down from 629,501 in 2001)

4. Liverpool – North West England – 552,267 – (up from 469,017 in 2001)

5. Bristol – South West England – 535,907 – (up from 420,556 in 2001)

6. Sheffield – Yorkshire and the Humber – 518,090 – (up from 439,866 in 2001)

7. Manchester – North West England – 510,746 – (up from 394,269 in 2001)

8. Leeds – Yorkshire and the Humber – 474,632 – (up from 443,247 in 2001)

9. Edinburgh – Scotland – 459,366 – (up from 430,082 in 2001)

10. Leicester – East Midlands – 443,760 – (up from 330,574 in 2001)

 

Selected population statistics related to this list of cities:

  • The top 10 largest cities in the UK account for roughly 20% of the country’s population between them.

 

  • Glasgow is the only city in the top 10 to see its population decline over the decade to 2011 (fell by nearly 30,000), but maintains its position as #3 on the list.

 

  • While its population rose by just over 30,000 over the decade, Leeds is the only one of the 10 biggest cities in the UK to fall down this list (going from #5 to #8). The other large English cities of a similar size – Bristol, Sheffield and Manchester – saw a higher level of population growth.

 

  • Leicester saw the highest percentage population growth at around 33% over this period, but not quite enoough to catch the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

 

  • English capital London saw the highest total population growth at just over 1 million.