Cities

Cities of the United Kingdom

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City Year charter granted Population (approx.) Notes
England
Bath 1590 90,000
Birmingham 1889 992,000
Bradford 1897 467,000
Brighton & Hove 2000 248,000
Bristol 1542 380,000
Cambridge 1951 115,000
Canterbury 42,500
Carlisle 1158 101,000
Chelmsford 2012 168,000
Chester 1541 118,000
Chichester 108,000
Coventry 1345 305,000
Derby 1977 230,000
Durham 87,000
Ely 14,000
Exeter 111,000
Gloucester 1541 110,000
Hereford 55,000
Kingston upon Hull 1897 240,000
Lancaster 1937 135,000
Leeds 1893 720,000
Leicester 1919 280,000
Lichfield 30,000
Lincoln 86,000
Liverpool 1880 440,000
City of London 12,000
Manchester 1853 420,000
Newcastle upon Tyne 1882 259,000
Norwich 125,000
Nottingham 1897 285,000
Oxford 1542 135,000
Peterborough 1541 157,000
Plymouth 1928 240,000
Portsmouth 1926 186,000
Preston 2002 130,000
Ripon 1836 24,500
Salford 1926 215,000
Salisbury 1227 115,000 Formally known as New Sarum until 2009
Sheffield 1893 512,000
Southampton 1964 220,000
St Albans 1877 130,000
Stoke-on-Trent 1925 239,000
Sunderland 1992 280,000
Truro 1877 19,000
Wakefield 1888 316,000
Wells 1205 10,000
City of Westminster 1540 236,000
Winchester 108,000
Wolverhampton 2000 239,000
Worcester 93,000
York 182,000
Scotland
Aberdeen 1891 215,000 Royal burgh since 1179
Dundee 1889 145,000 Royal burgh since 1191
Edinburgh 450,000 Royal burgh since 1329
Glasgow 560,000 Royal burgh since 1492
Inverness 2000 51,000
Perth 2012 45,000 Royal burgh since 12th C
Stirling 2002 45,000
Wales
Bangor 20,000
Cardiff 1905 310,000
Newport 2002 135,000
St Asaph 2012 3,000
St David’s 1994 2,000
Swansea 1969 225,000
Northern Ireland
Armagh 1994 55,000
Belfast 1888 280,000
Derry 1613 105,000
Lisburn 2002 110,000
Newry 2002 30,000
Where no year of issue of charter is shown the city has been regarded as such for a long time.The Local Government Act 1972 reconfirmed city status wef 1 April 1974 for all cities established before that date.

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Created 26 November 2012

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