Borough of Bedford

The Borough of Bedford is a unitary authority area with borough status in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. Its council is based in Bedford, its namesake and principal settlement, which is the county town of Bedfordshire. The borough contains one large urban area, the 71st largest in the United Kingdom that comprises Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston, surrounded by a rural area with many villages. 75% of the borough's population live in the Bedford Urban Area and the five large villages which surround it, which makes up slightly less than 6% of the total land area of the Borough.

Bedford
Borough of Bedford
Bedford shown within Bedfordshire
Coordinates: 52°8′0″N 0°27′0″W
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
RegionEast of England
Ceremonial countyBedfordshire
Administrative HQBorough Hall, Bedford
Government
  TypeUnitary Authority
  Governing bodyBedford Borough Council
  Executive mayorDave Hodgson
Liberal Democrats
  MPsRichard Fuller (C)
Nadine Dorries (C)
Mohammad Yasin (L)
Area
  Total476.4 km2 (183.9 sq mi)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)[1]
  Total173,292
  Rank113th
  Density360/km2 (900/sq mi)
  Ethnicity
85.5% White British
8.1% British Asian
2.9% Black British
1.3% Chinese or other
2.2% Mixed
Time zoneGMT
  Summer (DST)British Summer Time
ONS code00KB
NUTS 3UKH22
Websitewww.bedford.gov.uk

The borough is also the location of the Wixams new town development, which received its first residents in 2009.