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Number of counties/districts/unitary authorities/wards etc in the UK

Rather than split the material down into a large number of possible questions, the following table summarises the numbers of each type of current administrative area in each country of the UK.

England Number  
Government Office Regions 9  
Non-metropolitan (shire) counties 34  
Non-metropolitan districts 239 (Subdivisons of non-metropolitan counties)
Unitary authorities 46  
Metropolitan districts 36 (Subdivisions of the 6 former metropolitan counties)
London boroughs 32 (+ the City of London, which is a City Corporation)
Electoral wards/divisons *8,429  
Council areas 32  
Electoral wards *1222  
Unitary authorities 22  
Electoral divisions *870  
Northern Ireland    
District council areas 26  
Electoral wards *582  
United Kingdom    
Electoral wards/divisions *11,103  

* Figures correct as at 31/12/2001. Note too that these figures include 5 parishes on the Isles of Scilly. However, as the Isles of Scilly have no electoral wards, these parishes are treated as such for many statistical purposes.

ONS Geography will shortly produce an Excel spreadsheet providing a breakdown of the number of electoral wards/divisions in each local authority. This will be available online in the near future.

For more general information on UK administrative geography, take a look at the Beginners' Guide to UK Geography.


This page last revised: Thursday, 28 February 2002

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