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Milton Keynesmarker is a large town in Buckinghamshire. The Milton Keynes urban area is a designation established by the United Kingdom's Office of National Statistics. KS01 Usual resident population: Census 2001, Key Statistics for urban areas (lines 1808 to 1815)
For the OS definition of an Urban Area, see the notes tab on the Excel version. As with other urban areas, it includes settlements that regard themselves as being outside Milton Keynes. However, unlike other long established towns and cities that have historic boundaries which the ONS can use, Milton Keynes does not have any such readily usable boundaries and consequently it is assigned a number of new urban sub-areas. Accordingly, it has defined a Milton Keynes urban area to be composed of the contiguous built environment, with 'urban sub-areas' that map to the original urban and rural districts (and sometimes to the chronological phases of urbanisation within them).

Urban sub-areas

It has also defined "Urban Sub-areas" that largely match the boundaries of the legacy local government areas that existed before its 1967 designation as a "new town". These were:

The corresponding modern Urban Sub-areas (with links to the relevant articles) are Note that the areas covered by these Urban Sub-area designations are larger (sometimes far larger) than the modern districts that share their names. This is particularly true of Central Milton Keynes US-A,

The Milton Keynes urban boundary

Although Milton Keynes does not have statutory boundary, the 1967 "Designated Area" boundary (plus subsequent expansions west of the M1) is treated as the de-facto boundary. This contains the ONS Urban Sub-areas of Bletchley, Wolverton/Stony Stratford, Central Milton Keynes, North Milton Keynes, Walnut Tree and Browns Wood. It excludes Newport Pagnell or other expansions east of the M1.

Calculation of population

The Office of National Statistics gives the population of Milton Keynes as the entire urban area – thus including Newport Pagnell, as 184,506.

The Borough of Milton Keynesmarker calculates the population as being the sum of those urban sub-areas within the 1967 designation, resulting in a figure of 169,486.

[Note that some sources (such as Wolfram Alpha) incorrectly give the population of Milton Keynes only as the (ONS-desginated) Central Milton Keynes Urban Sub-area, thus grossly understating it].

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