Yorkshire has a total population of over 5.3 million people, larger than the population of Scotland. (According to 2011 census data published by the Office for National Statistics). Yorkshire also has a bigger population than many other countries, such as Norway, New Zealand, Uruguay and the Republic of Ireland.

See below for our breakdown of Yorkshire’s top ten biggest cities.

City Population Yorkshire Rank UK Rank
Leeds, West Yorkshire 761,481 1 4
Sheffield, South Yorkshire 530,375 2 8
Bradford, West Yorkshire 526,369 3 9
Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire 385,786 4 14
Wakefield, West Yorkshire 329,708 5 15
York, North Yorkshire 200,018 6 37
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 162,949 7 51
Rotherham, South Yorkshire 117,618 8 80
Doncaster, South Yorkshire 109,805 9 84
Barnsley, South Yorkshire 91,297 10 109

County Size

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, spanning 2.9 million acres, larger than Greater London. It is often split geographically, each area being referred to as North, West or the East Riding. Over 80% of Yorkshire is considered 'urban'.


Yorkshire is home to two airports which have scheduled commercial airline services, Leeds Bradford International Airport (16th busiest) and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (26th busiest) served over 3.2 million and 690,000 passengers respectively in 2014.


The eastern border of Yorkshire is it's 45 mile long coastline, looking out onto the North Sea. It includes the popular holiday spots of Whitby (the landing spot of Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel), Bridlington, Robin Hood Bay and Hornsea. Many have been awarded the Blue Flag label for sustainability.


Sheffield is home to Yorkshire’s largest shopping centre, Meadowhall. With more than 400,000 visitors per week and 139,355m2 of floor space, it ranks as the tenth largest shopping center in the UK


Manufacturing accounted for 15.3% of Yorkshire and The Humber output in 2010, compared with the average of 10.8% for the UK. Many businesses have also been founded in Yorkshire, such as Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Tetley’s Brewery and Little Chef. Tourism in Yorkshire & Humber is worth over £7 billion, which is more than the whole tourism expenditure in Ireland or Denmark, and employs around a quarter of a million people. In total, Yorkshire's economic output was £88 billion, double that of Wales and almost 7% of the UK’s total economic output.

See below for our breakdown of Yorkshire’s biggest economies.

City UK Rank Gross Value Added (GVA) GVA Per Head
Leeds, West Yorkshire 4 £20,362,000,000 £26,741
Sheffield, South Yorkshire 9 £11,199,000,000 £19,995
Bradford, West Yorkshire 13 £8,735,000,000 £16,595
Wakefield, West Yorkshire 18 £6,470,000,000 £19,623
Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire 25 £4,869,000,000 £18,902
York, North Yorkshire 26 £4,754,000,000 £23,483


If Yorkshire were an independent country it would have finished 12th at the 2012 Olympics, gaining 7 Golds, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze. Athletes include Jessica Ennis, who competed in the Heptathlon, boxer Nicola Adams and cyclist Ed Clancy.

Sheffield FC was also the first ever football club, formed in 1857.

Tour de France

The first stage of the 2014 Tour de France starts from Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 5th July 2014 and pass through 190 km (120 miles) of gorgeous North Yorkshire countryside. On the second day, riders will leave the historic city of York for Sheffield

National Parks

Yorkshire has two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, covering 1,762km2 and 1436km2 respectively. Together they attract around 20.3 million visitors per year.


The county's most well-known delicacy, by far, is the Yorkshire pudding. Wensleydale cheese also originates from Yorkshire. There are 5 Michelin Star restaurants in Yorkshire, more than any other region in England, outside of London.

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