List of settlements in Dorset by population

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This is a list of settlements in Dorset by population based on the results of the 2011 census. The next United Kingdom census will take place in 2021; in 2011, there were 18 built-up area subdivisions with 5,000 or more inhabitants in Dorset, shown in the table below.

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# Settlement District Population[1][2][3][4]
2001 2011
1 Bournemouth Bournemouth 163,444 183,491
2 Poole Poole 144,800 154,718
3 Weymouth Weymouth and Portland 53,140 54,539
4 Christchurch Christchurch 50,823 54,210
5 Ferndown East Dorset 25,170 26,559
6 Dorchester West Dorset 16,170 19,060
7 Wimborne Minster East Dorset 14,844 15,174
8 Bridport West Dorset 12,977 13,737
9 Verwood East Dorset 12,070 13,360
10 Blandford Forum North Dorset 10,000 11,694
11 Gillingham North Dorset 8,860 11,278
12 Swanage Purbeck 11,097 10,454
13 Sherborne West Dorset 9,350 9,523
14 Shaftesbury North Dorset 6,665 7,314
15 Weston / Easton Weymouth and Portland 5,901 6,069
16 Merley / Oakley Poole 6,100 6,005
17 St Leonards East Dorset 5,872 5,984
18 Wareham Purbeck 5,665 5,496
19 Lyme Regis West Dorset 4,406 4,712

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