Leicester

Leicester /ˈlɛstər/ (listen)[4] is a city and unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and close to the eastern end of the National Forest.[5] It is to the north-east of Birmingham and Coventry, south of Nottingham, and west of Peterborough.

Leicester
City of Leicester
Shown within Leicestershire
Leicester
Location within the East Midlands
Leicester
Location within the United Kingdom
Leicester
Location within Europe
Coordinates: 52°38′N 1°8′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyLeicestershire
FoundedAD c. 47 as Ratae Corieltauvorum
City status restored1919
Administrative headquartersLeicester Town Hall
Government
  TypeUnitary authority
  BodyLeicester City Council
  LeadershipMayor and cabinet
  ExecutiveLabour Party
  Lord MayorAnnette Byrne
  City MayorPeter Soulsby (Lab)
Area
  City28.3 sq mi (73.3 km2)
  Urban
87 sq mi (225 km2)
  Metro
290 sq mi (750 km2)
Elevation
205 ft (62.5 m)
Population
 (2011[1])
  City329,839
  Density12,000/sq mi (4,500/km2)
  Urban
508,916[2]
  Urban density5,900/sq mi (2,260/km2)
  Metro
836,484[3]
  Metro density3,070/sq mi (1,185/km2)
  Ethnicity (2011)
  • 50.6% White British
  • 37.1% Asian
  • 6.3% Black
  • 3.5% Mixed Race
  • 2.6% other
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode areas
Dialling codes0116
ISO 3166-2GB-LCE
ONS code00FN (ONS)
E06000016 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSK584044
NUTS 3UKF21
Primary airportEast Midlands Airport (Outside of Leicester)
Councillors54
MPs
Websitewww.leicester.gov.uk

The 2016 mid year estimate of the population of the City of Leicester unitary authority was 348,300, an increase of approximately 18,500 ( 5.6%) from the 2011 census figure of 329,839, making it the most populous municipality in the East Midlands region. The associated urban area is also the 11th most populous in England and the 13th most populous in the United Kingdom.[6]

Leicester is at the intersection of two major railway lines—the north–south Midland Main Line and the east/west Birmingham to London Stansted CrossCountry line; as well as the confluence of the M1/M69 motorways and the A6/A46 trunk routes. Leicester is the home to football club Leicester City and rugby club Leicester Tigers.