According to the United Kingdom's 2011 census, the population of the city of Manchester, England was 503,100. The population of the county of Greater Manchester, which includes the city's suburban areas, was 2,682,500.
The population of the city of Manchester increased by 19 percent from 2001 to 2011, which the Office of National Statistics reports was the third largest in all of England and Wales. The growth of Greater Manchester was a significantly lower 6.61 percent. For context, the growth of England and Wales as a whole was 6.98 percent between 2001 and 2011. As of 2014, Manchester is the largest authority in northwest England.