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West Yorkshire
Status Ceremonial and Metropolitan county (no county council)
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
- Total
Ranked 29th
2,029 km2 (783 sq mi)
Admin HQLeeds
ONS code 2F
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
1,044/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Ethnicity 88.6% White
8.7% S.Asian
No county council
Members of Parliament
  1. Leeds
  2. Wakefield
  3. Kirklees
  4. Calderdale
  5. Bradford

West Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. It was created in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972 [1] and in 2005 covered an area of 2,029 km² and a population of 2.1 million. It is the most built up and biggest urban area in Yorkshire.

Divisions and environs

West Yorkshire is divided into five local government districts; they are the City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, the City of Leeds and the City of Wakefield. The county borders Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of West Yorkshire at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[2] Agriculture[3] Industry[4] Services[5]
1995 21,302 132 7,740 13,429
2000 27,679 80 8,284 19,314
2003 31,995 91 8,705 23,199

Cities, towns and villages

Historic environment


Natural environment

  • Emley Moor, site of the tallest self-supporting structure in the UK (a TV mast)
  • Walton Hall, West Yorkshire, home of naturalist Charles Waterton and the world's first nature reserve
  • RSPB Fairburn Ings - wetland centre for birds
  • Seckar Woods LNR, a Local Nature Reserve
  • New Swillington Ings Nature Reserve
  • Otley Chevin - extensive wooded parkland on high ground with extensive views North over Wharfedale and South as far as the Peak District
  • Harewood Estate - Leeds Country Way public footpath runs through the estate, beautiful landscaped gardens and home to Red Kites amongst many other birds



  1. Arnold-Baker, C., Local Government Act 1972, (1973)
  2. Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  3. includes hunting and forestry
  4. includes energy and construction
  5. includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured