Biggest Urban Areas in the UK Quiz

Name the most populous primary urban areas in the United Kingdom.
2011 census, except in Scotland (2001)
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
First submittedFebruary 1, 2010
Times taken114,024
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Population
City or Town
9,480,600
London
2,419,500
Birmingham
1,876,200
Manchester
1,199,629
Glasgow
829,300
Newcastle
810,000
Sheffield
787,600
Liverpool
751,500
Leeds
Population
City or Town
691,000
Bristol
671,600
Belfast
640,900
Nottingham
522,500
Bradford
520,000
Portsmouth
480,000
Leicester
465,200
Middlesbrough
423,300
Reading
Population
City or Town
422,500
Huddersfield
420,893
Edinburgh
378,800
Bournemouth
372,900
Stoke
362,100
Southampton
356,500
Preston
346,100
Cardiff
344,900
Southend
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Level 40
Mar 16, 2013
As a 12 year old american, I am very proud of getting 13/24
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Level 71
Jul 30, 2015
Good job Casey! I hope you can do even better as a 14yo.
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Level 51
Dec 30, 2015
I don't exist, don't have a computer, can't write,, have no arms, don't know what an urban area is, have never heard of the UK, am under constant mortar fire and I STILL got 10
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Level 59
Dec 11, 2018
Well done Greenland.
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Level 59
Dec 11, 2018
However all of the above apply to me and I got 17.
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Level 65
Aug 20, 2016
As a blastocyst, I am very proud of knowing the names of everyone in the UK.
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Level 81
Jul 25, 2018
Looks like there's some stiff competition.
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Level 24
Apr 27, 2019
I imagine Warwick Davis would be very proud
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Level 32
Jun 30, 2020
how would you do as a 19 year old now?
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Level 22
Jul 1, 2020
bro you are 19 now
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Level 34
Mar 28, 2013
very long explanation but it shares the university of York st john :) and it was a pointless answer on the quiz show pointless and I live near ripen :)
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Level 59
Jul 30, 2015
It's Ripon.
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Level 22
May 14, 2016
Wisconsin?
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Level 46
Jan 15, 2014
ha I live in southend. did not expect that to be on there
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Level 31
Dec 20, 2015
Where about? So do I.
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Level 42
May 26, 2016
I'm originally from Southend as well, Jetpunk appears to have cornered the quiz market in Essex.
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Level 66
May 15, 2018
I'm from Southend, too. Amazed that it's on this list.
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Level 28
Jun 30, 2019
me too :P
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Level 51
Jan 26, 2014
why isnt Coventry on there???
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Level 33
Jul 7, 2016
cuz it isn't. DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!
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Level 81
Apr 12, 2020
You don't seem to be dealing very well with this. Put down the exclamation point and step back slowly.
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Level 65
Sep 10, 2017
I think Coventry has a population of around 360,000, so it should make the list
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Level 43
Jan 27, 2019
I think it should too because it is the 9th largest city in England and 12th in the UK
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Level 81
Apr 12, 2020
It's on the list of 100 largest European cities, but not the 24 largest British cities.
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Level 52
Mar 14, 2014
Only missed Belfast and Preston - not bad for an American!
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Level 70
Nov 12, 2014
One thing I have learned about the British by taking these quizzes, is that they make things way more confusing than they need to be. Sure, we use the imperial measurements, which is confusing versus the metric system, but I have yet to come on to one of these quizzes where there isn't tons of arguing over what is and is not a country within the UK and what is or is not a city in the UK.
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Level 70
Aug 2, 2015
What?
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Level 63
Aug 8, 2016
:-)
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Level 71
Dec 4, 2018
Didn't you mean to say, 'tonnes' ?
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Level 63
Mar 3, 2019
no
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Level 43
Jun 25, 2019
American city populations are completely pointless. The central city council district is counted as the city so depending on whether this is large, small, oddly shaped, determines the population of the 'city.' Other urban areas are uncounted. The population of New York regularly leaves swathes of suburbs across the Hudson uncounted because they're not part of the 'city' on a mere technicality like a state border. That is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more confusing than it needs to be.
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Level 65
Dec 18, 2014
Got 13, forgetting a few.
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Level 13
Apr 11, 2015
newcastle was easy for me because i live near it and i got all with just 2 minutes and 46 seconds left
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Level 27
May 20, 2015
Forgot Portsmouth Dear Dear
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Level 76
Jun 19, 2015
I had no idea Huddersfield was that big. It's just off my radar, I think. I assumed Hull would make the list, but it turns out there are just 256,000 people there. I think it's mostly dockyards and things.
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Level 45
Jul 30, 2015
So do I
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Level 11
Aug 1, 2015
The only two I missed are Southampton and Reading, and since I live right between the two, I am going to go hide away in shame now. I forgot how big they are!
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Level 32
Aug 2, 2015
MISSED OUT LIVERPOOL. HOW COULD I?
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Level 59
Dec 5, 2015
So weird. I often miss Liverpool from this type of quiz. Why??!!!
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Level 42
Jul 12, 2017
Because its a dump and easily forgettable
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2017
Andon ..... jealousy is a curse.
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Level 63
Mar 3, 2019
@Andon You prefer living in Chittagong or Johannesburg, or even Bangalore then, I suppose?
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Level 35
Aug 5, 2015
Bournemouth has a population of 183000, the figure on here is for both Bournemouth and Poole, the town nest to it.
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Level 34
Jun 19, 2016
The quiz says urban areas and since there is no gap between Poole and Bournemouth then it counts both under one area
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Level 57
Sep 12, 2017
Do people not read the name of the quiz (Urban Areas - note, not cities/towns) or the further comments or instructions, including the links? This is for urban areas clearly defined by the British government and using census data. Why bother complaining when there is a clear source?
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Level 66
Aug 7, 2015
Bummed "North Kilttown" wasn't on the list. After all, Groundskeeper Willie and Angus McLeod are from their. And that's two more people that I know of than are from some of the cities on the list that I didn't know the names of. :P
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Level 70
Aug 23, 2015
I missed Bristol. Wow....
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Level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Wow
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Level 51
Sep 29, 2015
EPL teams help anyone else out there?
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Level 43
Dec 6, 2015
Yeah but I'm surprised Sunderland isn't up there
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Level 35
Dec 21, 2015
I suck and im an American
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Level 31
Jan 10, 2016
urban Edinburgh is bigger that
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Level 38
Jan 23, 2016
since when has Preston been bigger than Leeds, Coventry or Hull?
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Level 34
Jun 19, 2016
751,500 - Leeds 356,500 - Preston According to the quiz, never
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Level 21
Feb 9, 2016
dover, bath, Plymouth, Dundee, brighton
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Level 34
Jun 19, 2016
Have you got anything to back this up or are you just throwing out cities which you can think of? Dunno about the others but Bath is tiny and I'm pretty sure Dover is as well, in terms of population
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Level 57
Sep 12, 2017
The quiz is based on census data and on clearly defined urban areas (there's a link for God's sake!!) - if the places you listed aren't on the quiz, then it's CLEARLY because they aren't big enough to appear on it.
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Level 45
Aug 29, 2016
could you count poole for bornemouth? if i remember correctly the bornemouth urban area is incorporated into the bournemouth-poole urban area.
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Level 78
Sep 8, 2017
Middleborough, Middleboro, Middlethingy...I gave up. (Who put that s in the middle, anyway?)
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Level 39
Sep 8, 2017
Very surprised about york not being here!
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Level 59
Sep 8, 2017
York isn't actually very big - a lot of large cities in the UK didn't even a exist before the industrial revolution (or were just small towns/villages). York is an old walled city founded in Roman times. What I am more surprised about is that Bradford doesn't count as part of Leeds.
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Level 61
Feb 21, 2020
Bradford doesn't count as part of Leeds because, despite being only ten miles apart, they are completely separate in terms of politics, public spending, postcodes, telephone codes etc. Most of those things were established before Bradford and Leeds swallowed up their respective suburbs, and were quite separate geographically, too.
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Level 43
Sep 8, 2017
i missed Leeds,Bradford,preston,huddersfield,southend.Cool quiz! But Plymouth isn't here?
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Level 38
Sep 8, 2017
I just named football teams. Did pretty well XD
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Level 45
Sep 19, 2017
Bet you cussed when Heart of Midlothian & Hamilton Academicals didn't work :)
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Level 43
Jun 13, 2018
darn i got all of them except hudderfield... i even tried hudderfield but i must have typed it too fast and made a typo..
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Level 63
Mar 17, 2019
it's 'Huddersfield'
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Level 64
Jul 25, 2018
Edinburgh doesn't accept the standard "edinburg" type-in
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Level 63
Mar 17, 2019
good
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Level 57
Jun 26, 2020
well then type edinburgh its not hard
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Level 47
May 27, 2019
I thought Reading was the largest town to not be registered as a city which is why I missed it. If this is the case, please remove it from the quiz or change the description.
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Level 28
Jun 30, 2019
It's just urban areas, rather than cities :)
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Level 69
Jul 1, 2019
Southend has probably rebuilt its fire-prone pier more times than it has people
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Level 48
Aug 30, 2019
As someone from Middlesborough it is VERY obvious that this is not towns/cities (boro has about 150,000 residents actually in the town) and urban areas. I do have to question the size of this urban area though? Where are these extra 300k people from?!
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Level 35
Apr 29, 2020
I totally don't believe that Preston or Southend are bigger than the Medway Towns. I agree, the numbers are a bit suspect. But then these things are always approximate.
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Level 60
Jun 26, 2020
Coventry should be here with a population of 352,000
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Level 55
Jun 26, 2020
Surprised that Brighton isnt here yet Southend is
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Level 49
Jun 26, 2020
As a 23 year old Greek, I am proud to get 24/24 :p
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Level 78
Jun 26, 2020
And you should be. Well done.
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2020
Can't believe no Brighton and Hove or Sheffield