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|City of Ely|
West façade of Ely Cathedral from Palace Green, the former village green
City of Ely shown within Cambridgeshire
|Area||23 sq mi (60 km2) |
|Population||15,102 (2001 Census)|
|- Density||657/sq mi (254/km2)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||CB6, CB7|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||South East Cambridgeshire|
|Website||East Cambridgeshire District Council|
Ely ( pronunciation (info • help); IPA /'iːli/, rhyming with "freely") is a cathedral city in the East Cambridgeshire district of Cambridgeshire in the east of England and 23 km (14.3 mi) north north-east of Cambridge.
Ely has been called a city for a long time because it has a cathedral. However, the Royal Charter making it a city was only issued in 1974. Ely's population was 15,102 in 2001. This means Ely is the third smallest city in England. Only after Wells in Somerset and the City of London) are smaller.
- "Historic Census Population Figures" (XLS). Cambridgeshire County Council. 2010. http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/C36C6418-DEFD-4ED1-B050-9984100DF110/0/HistCensusEastCambs0106.xls. Retrieved 20 August 2010.