South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is a ceremonial and metropolitan county in England. It is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and had a population of 1.34 million in 2011. It has an area of 1,552 square kilometres (599 sq mi)[2] and consists of four metropolitan boroughs, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. South Yorkshire was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972.[3][4] Its largest settlement is Sheffield.

South Yorkshire
Coordinates: 53°30′N 1°20′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Established1 April 1974
Established byLocal Government Act 1972
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceSouth Yorkshire Police
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantAndrew Coombe
High SheriffMrs Carole O'Neill[1] (2020–21)
Area1,552 km2 (599 sq mi)
  Ranked38th of 48
Population (mid-2019 est.)1,402,918
  Ranked10th of 48
Density904/km2 (2,340/sq mi)
Ethnicity90.7% White
3.4% S.Asian
2.0% Black
1.5% Mixed
2.5% Other
Metropolitan county
Government• Type
Combined authority
• Body
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
Mayor
Dan Jarvis (L)
Joint committeesSouth Yorkshire Joint Secretariat
Admin HQSheffield
ONS code2C
GSS codeE11000003
NUTSUKE3
Websitesheffieldcityregion.org.uk
Districts

Districts of South Yorkshire
Metropolitan districts
Districts
  1. Sheffield
  2. Rotherham
  3. Doncaster
  4. Barnsley
Population density map

Lying on the east side of the Pennines, South Yorkshire is landlocked, and borders Derbyshire to the west and south-west, West Yorkshire to the north-west, North Yorkshire to the north, the East Riding of Yorkshire to the north-east, Lincolnshire to the east and Nottinghamshire to the south-east. The Sheffield Urban Area is the tenth most populous conurbation in the United Kingdom, and dominates the western half of South Yorkshire with over half of the county's population living within it. South Yorkshire lies within the Sheffield City Region with Barnsley also being within the Leeds City Region, reflecting its geographical position midway between Yorkshire's two largest cities.

South Yorkshire County Council was abolished in 1986 and its metropolitan boroughs are now effectively unitary authorities, although the metropolitan county continues to exist in law.[5][6][7] As a ceremonial county, South Yorkshire has a Lord Lieutenant and a High Sheriff.

South Yorkshire was created from 32 local government districts of the West Riding of Yorkshire (the administrative county and four independent county boroughs), with small areas from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.