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Leicester Urban Area


Leicester Urban Area

Map of the Leicester Urban Area {2001}.

The Leicester Urban Area or Greater Leicester Built-up Area is an urban agglomeration centred on the City of Leicester in the English (Central South East) Midlands, UK. It forms the core of Eurostat's LUZ (Larger Urban Zone), and would be the primary focus of its Extended Metropolitan Region "EMR" or more loosely defined City region (United Kingdom).

While it has no formal definition as an administrative area, it is defined by the Office for National Statistics with a population of 508,916 at the time of the 2011 census.[1] This was an increase of 15% from the 2001 census population of 441,213. It comprises Leicester itself and several outlying suburbs, towns and villages which are all situated in close proximity to the city. A 2015 mid-year estimate indicates that population of the area in question may now be approaching 585,000 (583K), and that a modest extrapolation to 2020 gives a figure of just under 0.66 million (658K).

The urban area is the eleventh largest in England, between the Bristol Urban Area and the Brighton and Hove Built-up area, although given that it has recently experienced the highest growth rate of any English city (2011 census), there may well be a tendency for it to climb the table and even supplant one or two of its neighbours as its rate of growth exceeds that of Bristol, Sheffield and Nottingham. "Leicester" itself comprises a proportion of between c.55% to over 75% of the Urban Area population, dependent on whether its definition is restricted to the Unitary Authority (UA) in isolation or expanded to include its contiguous extra-UA suburbs. The needs, limitations and rights of the inhabitants of the more rural or socially or geographically isolated communities, that may account for another 5-15% of the total population of their respective disctricts, counties or larger communities, should always be borne in mind as they form an integral part of the extended cohort albeit that they may differentiated access thereto.

Urban Subdivision Population (2001 census) Population (2011 census)
Leicester 336,153 443,760
Wigston 33,116
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