The 10 biggest cities in England by population and where Manchester and Birmingham rank
How does Manchester’s population compare to other UK cities?
Everyone knows that London is, by far, the country’s largest city, but there has always been some competition between Manchester and Birmingham over who takes the title of second city.
Centre for Cities have released data that could decide once and for all which city can call themselves England’s true second city – at least in terms of population.
They have analysed UK cities by focusing on primary urban areas (PUAs) - a definition created by the Department for Communities and Local Government as a statistical tool for analysing the major cities of England. It captures the built up footprint of a city based on areas of continuous built-up land containing urban structures that are within 50 metres of each other.
London has passed the 10million mark in terms of population, surpassing all other English cities by a mile. So where does that leave us?
Here are the 10 most populated cities in England, starting with London.