Area and population density

The Lancashire-12 area in 2020 recorded a population density of 424 people per square kilometre, while the figure for the Lancashire-14 area was higher at 494.

The Lancashire-12 figure (424) was lower than the England (434) and North West (522) figures but in excess of the United Kingdom (UK) average of 276. The Lancashire-14 population density figure of 494 per square kilometre was greater than both the England (434) and UK (276) figures but lower than the North West average of 522 persons per square kilometre.  

The highly urbanised authority of Blackpool had by far the highest population density in the Lancashire-14 area with 3,968 people per square kilometre. Hyndburn (1,111), Blackburn with Darwen (1,095) and Preston (1,013) were the other three Lancashire-14 authorities with population densities in excess of 1,000. Ribble Valley, with 106 people per square kilometre, was by far the least densely populated authority in the Lancashire-14 area.

Area Area (km2) Population Population density (people per km2)
Burnley 111 89,344 807
Chorley 203 118,870 586
Fylde 166 81,211 490
Hyndburn 73 81,133 1,111
Lancaster 567 148,199 261
Pendle 169 92,145 544
Preston 142 144,147 1,013
Ribble Valley 583 62,026 106
Rossendale 138 71,432 517
South Ribble 113 111,086 982
West Lancashire 347 114,496 330
Wyre 282 113,067 401
Lancashire-12 2,894 1,227,076 424
Blackburn with Darwen 137 150,030 1,095
Blackpool 35 138,381 3,968
Lancashire-14 3,066 1,515,487 494
North West 14,108 7,367,456 522
England 130,310 56,550,138 434
England and Wales 151,047 59,719,724 395
Great Britain 228,948 65,185,724 285
United Kingdom 242,741 67,081,234 276

Source: Office for National Statistics, 2020 mid-year population estimates

Page updated 4 October 2021