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Greater London Built-up Area

A labelled map of the Greater London Built-up Area

The Greater London Built-up Area or Greater London Urban Area is the conurbation or continuous urban area based around London, United Kingdom, as defined by the Office for National Statistics.[1] It had a population of 9,787,426 in 2011 at the time of the census.[1]


  • Overview 1
  • 2011 Census subdivisions 2
    • Greater London 2.1
    • Surrey 2.2
    • Hertfordshire 2.3
    • Berkshire 2.4
    • Essex 2.5
    • Kent 2.6
  • Omitted areas 3
  • 2001 Census subdivisions 4
    • Greater London 4.1
    • Outside Greater London 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References and Notes 6


The Greater London Built-up or Urban Area had a population of 9,787,426 and occupied an area of 1,737.9 square kilometres (671.0 sq mi) at the time of the 2011 census.[1]

It includes most of Greater London, omitting most of its woodland, small, buffered districts, the Lea Valley Park and the two largest sewage treatment works serving London by the River Thames. Outside the administrative boundary it includes adjacent areas of densest settlement and a few densely populated outliers connected to it by ribbon development. Its outer boundary is constrained by the Metropolitan Green Belt and it is therefore much smaller than the wider metropolitan area.

As a selective grouping of relatively low-to-mid density (and some high density) output areas each consisting of roughly 120 households,[2] it can be compared to Greater London which covers 1,572 square kilometres (607 sq mi) and contained 8,173,194 residents at the time of the 2011 census.

The density of the two is similar — the density of the Greater London Built-Up Area is 8.3% higher than Greater London. All of both built-up areas is drained ultimately by the River Thames.

2011 Census subdivisions

At the time of the 2011 Census, the Office for National Statistics defined the Greater London Urban Area as being made up of the following components:.[1]

Greater London



Omitted areas

The following areas were considered Built-up areas in the 2011 census but lay outside the Greater London Built-up Area although they lay inside Greater London. All of these areas had populations of less than a thousand except New Addington and Harefield which had populations of 22,280 and 6,573 respectively.[1]

2001 Census subdivisions

At the time of the 2001 Census, the Office for National Statistics defined the Greater London Urban Area as being made up of the following components:

Greater London

Within Greater London there are 33 components corresponding to the City of London and the London boroughs. However, the boundaries are not identical and outlying areas such as Biggin Hill in Bromley are omitted.[6]

Outside Greater London

See also

References and Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "2011 Census - Built-up areas".  
  2. ^ Guidance and Methodology Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2013-10-31
  3. ^ Includes the town of Dartford
  4. ^ This subdivision refers to the village of Tatsfield not the town of Biggin Hill which is part of the Bromley subdivision
  5. ^ Includes the towns of Shepperton and Sunbury-on-Thames
  6. ^ "List of Urban Area Names and Codes in England and Wales". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 

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