West Yorkshire Urban Area

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West Yorkshire Urban Area
West Yorkshire Urban Area map
Area  487.8 km2 (188.3 sq mi)
Population 1,777,934 
   – density  3,645/km2 (9,440/sq mi)
OS grid reference SE455215
Metropolitan county West Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police West Yorkshire
Fire West Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places

The West Yorkshire Urban Area is a term used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to refer to a conurbation in West Yorkshire, England, based on the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, and the large towns of Huddersfield and Halifax. However, it excludes towns such as Castleford, Pontefract and Wetherby which though part of the county of West Yorkshire are considered independently. There are substantial areas of agricultural land within the designated area - more than in any other official urban area in England - many of the towns and cities are only just connected with one another by narrow outlying strips of development.

Urban Subdivisions

The ONS gives the conurbation a population of 1,777,934 (2011 census),[1] which makes it the fourth-most populous in the UK. The ONS breaks the area down into the following sub-divisions:[1]

Notes:The ares of Lofthouse, Stanley, Honley, Queensbury and Shelf were subdivisions in the 2001 census


  1. 1.0 1.1 "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 5 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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