Stoke-on-Trent (often abbreviated to Stoke) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). In 2019, the city had an estimated population of 256,375.[7] It is the largest settlement in Staffordshire.

Top to bottom, left to right: Bottle kiln in Longton, Tree Stories sculpture in Hanley, Golden sculpture in Tunstall, One Smithfield building in Hanley, Trentham gardens, Hanley cultural quarter
Vis Unita Fortior (united strength is stronger)
Stoke-on-Trent shown within Staffordshire and England
Location within England
Location within the United Kingdom
Location within Europe
Coordinates: 53°00′N 2°11′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionWest Midlands
Ceremonial countyStaffordshire
County Borough established31 March 1910
City status5 June 1925[1]
Unitary authority1 April 1998
Administrative HQStoke-upon-Trent (Civic Centre)
  TypeUnitary authority
  BodyStoke-on-Trent City Council
  LeadershipLeader and cabinet
  ExecutiveIndependent / Conservative
  Leader of the CouncilCllr Abi Brown (Conservative)
  MPsJo Gideon (C)
Jonathan Gullis (C)
Jack Brereton (C)
  City36.08 sq mi (93.45 km2)
40.1 sq mi (103.9 km2)
Area rank223rd
Highest elevation820 ft (250 m)
Lowest elevation315 ft (96 m)
 (mid-2019 est.)[7]
  Density7,090/sq mi (2,738/km2)
372,775 (19th)
  Urban density9,290/sq mi (3,588/km2)
678,000 (17th)
88.7% White
7.4% Asian
1.4% Black
1.8% Mixed Race
0.7% Other[8]
60.9% Christian
6.0% Muslim
1.5% Other
31.6% None/Not stated[9]
Potter (colloq.)
Time zoneUTC±0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode area
Dialling code01782
ISO 3166 codeGB-STE
Vehicle registration prefixD
GSS codeE06000021
NUTS 3 codeUKG23
Trunk primary routesA50
Major railway stationsStoke-on-Trent (C1)

Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by the federation of six towns in 1910. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent where the main centre of government and the principal railway station in the district were located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The other four towns are Burslem, Tunstall, Longton, and Fenton.

Stoke-on-Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries, with the local residents known as Potters. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres.