Glasgow is an urban settlement in
Scotland consisting of all
localities which are physically attached to the city of Glasgow,
forming with it a single contiguous urban area (or conurbation). It
does not relate to municipal government boundaries and its territorial
extent is defined by the General Register Office for Scotland, which
determines settlements in
Scotland for census and statistical
Glasgow had a population of 1,199,629 at the 2001
census making it the largest urban area in
Scotland and the fifth
largest in the United Kingdom.
A more extensive Greater
Glasgow concept covers a much larger area,
and may include Ayrshire down to Ayr as well as the whole of
Lanarkshire down to Lanark, Dumbartonshire,
Inverclyde. At present the
Glasgow City Region consists of the Glasgow
City Council, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West
Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire
Inverclyde Local Authorities with a combined population of over
1.7 million. This city-region is described as a metropolitan area by
its own strategic planning authority, and is similar to the Glasgow
metropolitan area identified by the European Union.
The City of
Glasgow grew in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
becoming in 1912 the eighth city in Europe to reach one million, after
Rome, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, St Petersburg and Moscow. The
official population stayed over a million for 50 years. However,
since the 1960s successive boundary changes and large-scale relocation
to suburban districts and new towns have reduced the population of the
Glasgow council area to 593,245 at the 2011 Census.
Glasgow urban area
3 Post codes
Glasgow City Region
5 Metropolitan Glasgow
Glasgow urban area
The Urban Area, also known as the
Glasgow settlement, includes the
Duntocher and Hardgate
In 1973, the Greater
Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive was created
to take over control of
Glasgow Corporation Transport (which included
Glasgow Subway). Following local government reorganisation in
1975, control subsequently passed to
Strathclyde Regional Council. The
former PTE is now the
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, within
The city is served by the only metro system in Scotland, the Glasgow
Subway; and by two international airports,
International Airport and
Glasgow International Airport.
Following the local government boundary changes in 1996 and the
creation of unitary councils in Scotland, replacing the former
regional and district councils, the Greater
Glasgow Settlement Area or
Urban Area was created for the 2001 Census from groups of neighbouring
urban postcodes grouped so that each group of postcode unit contains
at least a given number of addresses per unit area, and the group
contains at least 500 residents.
Glasgow City Region
Glasgow City Region, is a collection of local authorities
clustered around Glasgow. The eight constituent authorities are:
The population of this area in 2011 was 1,787,515. The city region is
not a conurbation as significant parts of the council areas (and the
whole of Inverclyde) are separated from Greater
Glasgow by open
countryside. It uses numerous other terms for itself, including
Metropolitan Glasgow, the metropolitan City-Region of Glasgow,
Glasgow and the Clyde Valley and Clydeside.
As a collection of individual local authorities the city region has no
single municipal government however, following the agreement of a City
Deal with the UK Government, the eight constituent authorities
formally established a joint
Glasgow and Clyde Valley Cabinet on 20
January 2015. This cabinet consists of the leaders of all eight
councils, with the leader of
Glasgow City Council being Chair of the
Cabinet. Prior to 2015 the eight authorities formed only a
combined strategic planning authority.
While the Scottish Government makes no official recognition of
'Metropolitan status' in its workings, the term is used by other
bodies. The European Union's statistical body Eurostat lists Glasgow
as the 32nd most populous metropolitan area, or Larger Urban Zones, in
the EU. Although not defining the boundaries of this metropolitan
area, Eurostat state it consists "of over 1.7 million inhabitants
covering an area of 3,346 km2"., which is similar to the 1.75
million population of the
Glasgow City Region and may suggest a
correlation between the two. The
Glasgow City Region's strategic
development authority describes itself as the planning authority for
Glasgow metropolitan area" and the "metropolitan city-region
The former local government region of
Strathclyde has also been
identified as a metropolitan area surrounding the Greater Glasgow
conurbation, and covers approximately 2.3 million people, 41% of
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The City of Glasgow
Battle of George Square
Glasgow Trades Council
Scottish Parliament electoral region
Glasgow's miles better
Glasgow city centre
Glasgow Urban Area
Libraries in Glasgow
Buchanan bus station
Glasgow Central station
Queen Street station
Renfrew Airport (until 1966)
Trams (until 1962)
Trolleybuses (until 1967)
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Glasgow
Glasgow Medical School
Glasgow School of Art
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Glasgow (Roman Catholic)
Glasgow and Galloway (Episcopalian)
Glasgow Central Mosque
Glasgow (Church of Scotland)
Partick Thistle F.C.
Queen's Park F.C.
Third Lanark A.C.
Third Lanark A.C. (Defunct)
Scotland Cricket Club
2014 Commonwealth Games
Gallery of Modern Art
Hunterian Art Gallery
Museum of Transport
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow Science Centre
Scottish Football Museum
Gartnavel General Hospital
Glasgow Dental Hospital and School
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Western Infirmary (closed 2015)
Coordinates: 55°51′43″N 4°15′16″W / 55.86200°N