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List of Administrative shire counties of England by Population
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List of Administrative shire counties of England by Population

This is a List of Administrative shire counties of England by Population, that is to say Administrative counties with a two-tier County council structure, not including Administrative counties which are Unitary Authorities. Populations are 2002 mid-year estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

See also: List of Ceremonial counties of England by Population - List of Administrative shire counties of England by Area

Rank County Population
1 Kent 1,338,331
2 Essex 1,318,408
3 Hampshire 1,245,108
4 Lancashire 1,140,539
5 Surrey 1,059,900
6 Hertfordshire 1,036,144
7 Staffordshire 808,952
8 Norfolk 802,766
9 West Sussex 755,855
10 Nottinghamshire 753,155
11 Derbyshire 739,253
12 Devon 710,966
13 Cheshire 675,803
14 Suffolk 671,931
15 Lincolnshire 657,843
16 Northamptonshire 638,238
17 Leicestershire 615,491
18 Oxfordshire 607,457
19 North Yorkshire 572,970
20 Gloucestershire 566,977
21 Cambridgeshire 558,323
22 Worcestershire 545,897
23 Warwickshire 512,680
24 Cornwall 506,250
25 Somerset 503,424
26 East Sussex 494,258
27 County Durham 492,313
28 Cumbria 488,513
29 Buckinghamshire 478,110
30 Wiltshire 436,349
31 Dorset 394,581
32 Bedfordshire 384,652
33 Northumberland 308,386
34 Shropshire 285,204