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Greater Belfast

Belfast Metropolitan Area
Metropolitan Area

Location in Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°55′48″W / 54.597°N 5.930°W / 54.597; -5.930Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°55′48″W / 54.597°N 5.930°W / 54.597; -5.930

Sovereign State United Kingdom
Constituent Country Northern Ireland
District
County County Antrim / County Down
Government
 • UK Parliament
 • EU Parliament Northern Ireland
Area
 • Total 370 sq mi (960 km2)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Area code(s) 028

The Belfast Metropolitan Area is a grouping of council areas which include commuter towns and overspill from map)

The Area is made up of established towns, their overspill and the general con-joining of settlements as Belfast expands. Established towns include Carrickfergus, Bangor, Lisburn and Holywood. Many of these towns were established and important long before Belfast rose to prominence; Carrickfergus, for example, was the Norman capital of the northern part of Ireland. Bangor had been an importance centre of Christianity and learning from its foundation in 555 AD. The recent re-classification of Lisburn as a city does not change its position within the Metropolitan Area.

Places in the conurbation

Rank Urban Area[2] Population

(2001 Census)[2]

1 Belfast Urban Area 276,605
2 Lisburn Urban Area 71,403
3 Newtonabbey Urban Area 62,022
4 Bangor 58,368
5 Castlereagh Urban Area 54,636
6 Carrickfergus 27,192
7 Holywood Urban Area 12,027
8 Carryduff 6,564
9 Greenisland 5,067
10 Groomsport & Crawfordsburn 1,401
11 Helen's Bay 1,356
12 Milltown 1,356
13 Seahill 1,179
Total Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area 579,276

2011 Census

On Census day (29 April 2001) the demographic characteristics of the people living in Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA) were as follows:

  • 22.0% were aged under 16 years and 19.2% were aged 60 and over
  • 47.4% of the population were male and 52.6% were female
  • 40.5% were from a Catholic background, 55.5% were from a Protestant background.
  • 4.3% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

For more details see: NI Neighbourhood Information Service

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