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List of towns and cities in Devon by population

Map showing the location of the settlements within Devon. The size of the red circle corresponds to the size of its population.

This list is of towns and cities in Devon in order of their population, according to the 2001 (Torbay 2011) census data from the Office for National Statistics. It comprises the Key Statistics for local authorities, civil parishes and wards that attempt to show their populations. The largest settlement in Devon is the city and unitary authority of Plymouth with a population of 240,720, whereas the smallest settlement was the town and civil parish of Hatherleigh with a population of 1,306. The city of Exeter, which is home to Exeter Cathedral, is the county town and headquarters of Devon County Council. The ceremonial county of Devon includes unitary authority areas such as Plymouth and Torbay, but the non-metropolitan county of Devon excludes such unitary authority areas. It is governed by Devon County Council, whereas Plymouth and Torbay can govern themselves on matters such as transport and education.

Traditionally a town is any settlement which has received a charter of incorporation, more commonly known as a town charter, approved by the monarch. However, since 1974, any civil parish has the right to declare itself as a town. Prior to 1888, city status was given to settlements home to a cathedral of the Church of England such as Exeter. After 1888 it was no longer a necessary condition, leading to Plymouth gaining city-status in 1928. Historical towns such as Plympton, Stonehouse and Devonport, which were merged into the city of Plymouth, have not been included, as well as Topsham, which became a part of Exeter's urban district, and St Marychurch, which was annexed by Torquay. However, the unitary authority area of Torbay recognises the three towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The ward for Ottery St Mary is also included, as it is titled Ottery St Mary Town.

Changes to population structures have, however, led to explosions in non-traditional settlements that do not fall into traditional, bureaucratic definitions of 'towns'. Several villages, which are not included in this list, have grown steadily and are more populous than many towns. For example, Fremington with a population of 9 744[1] would be in the top 20 whilst its neighbour Braunton, population of 7 510,[2] is just below it.

Rank Population Town/city Notes Image
1 240,720[3] Plymouth City and unitary authority, which includes the suburbs of Plympton and Plymstock. Plympton used to be a separate town and Plymstock is a parish.
2 111,076[4] Exeter City, urban district and the county town (capital) of Devon
3 65,245[5] Torquay Part of the unitary authority of Torbay
4 49,021[5] Paignton Part of the unitary authority of Torbay
5 32,972[6] Exmouth Civil Parish
6 23,580[7] Newton Abbot Civil Parish
7 20,724[8] Barnstaple Civil Parish
8 18,621[9] Tiverton Civil Parish
9 16,693[5] Brixham Civil Parish; part of the unitary authority of Torbay.[10]
10 14,413[11] Teignmouth Civil Parish
11 14,407[12] Bideford Civil Parish
12 14,407[13] Sidmouth Civil Parish
13 13,135[14] Dawlish Civil Parish
14 12,056[15] Ivybridge Civil Parish
15 11,604[16] Northam Civil Parish
16 11,018[17] Tavistock Civil Parish
17 10,857[18] Honiton Civil Parish
18 10,840[19] Ilfracombe Civil Parish
19 10,615[20] Kingsteignton Civil Parish
20 7,609[21] Cullompton Civil Parish
21 7,444[22] Totnes Civil Parish
22 6,929[23] Bovey Tracey Civil Parish
23 6,837[24] Crediton Civil Parish
24 6,798[25] Seaton Civil Parish
25 5,846[26] Okehampton Civil Parish
26 5,626[27] Axminster Civil Parish
27 5,521[28] Kingsbridge Civil Parish
28 5,512[29] Dartmouth Civil Parish
29 5,279[30] Great Torrington Civil Parish
30 4,801[31] Budleigh Salterton Civil Parish
31 4,366[32] Ottery St Mary Ward, which refers to Ottery St Mary as a "town".
32 4,093[33] South Molton Civil Parish
33 3,909[34] Ashburton Civil Parish
34 3,846[35] Salcombe Civil Parish
35 3,661[36] Buckfastleigh Civil Parish
36 3,310[37] Exminster Civil Parish
37 2,964[38] Colyton Civil Parish including Colyford
38 2,256[39] Holsworthy Civil Parish
39 1,916[40] Bradninch Civil Parish
40 1,893[41] Chudleigh Civil Parish
41 1,676[42] Hartland Civil Parish
42 1,570[43] North Tawton Civil Parish
43 1,536[44] Moretonhampstead Civil Parish
44 1,470[45] Chagford Civil Parish
45 1,381[46] Beer Civil Parish
46 1,308[47] Chulmleigh Civil Parish
47 1,306[48] Hatherleigh Civil Parish

See also


  1. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Fremington". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  2. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Braunton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  3. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Plymouth". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  4. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Exeter". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  5. ^ a b c "Census 2011 - Torbay Profile". Torbay Council. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2014.  (Word document)
  6. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Exmouth". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  7. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Newton Abbot". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  8. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Barnstaple". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  9. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Tiverton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  10. ^ "Brixham Town Council".  
  11. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Teignmouth". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  12. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Bideford". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  13. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Sidmouth". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  14. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Dawlish". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  15. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Ivybridge". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  16. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Northam". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  17. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Tavistock". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  18. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Honiton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  19. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Ilfracombe". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  20. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Kingsteignton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  21. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Cullompton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  22. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Totnes". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  23. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Bovey Tracey". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  24. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Crediton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  25. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Seaton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  26. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Okehampton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  27. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Axminster". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  28. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Kingsbridge". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  29. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Dartmouth". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  30. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Great Torrington". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  31. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Budleigh Salterton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  32. ^ "Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Ottery St Mary Town". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  33. ^ "Parish Headcounts: South Molton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  34. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Ashburton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  35. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Chudleigh". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  36. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Buckfastleigh". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  37. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Exminster". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  38. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Colyton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  39. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Holsworthy". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  40. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Bradninch". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  41. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Chudleigh". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  42. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Hartland". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  43. ^ "Parish Headcounts: North Tawton". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  44. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Moretonhampstead". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  45. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Chagford". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  46. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Beer". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  47. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Chulmleigh". Neighbourhood Statistics.  
  48. ^ "Parish Headcounts: Hatherleigh". Neighbourhood Statistics.  

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