town in Lancashire, England

Blackpool is a seaside town in Lancashire, in the north west of England. The town is on the coast of the Irish Sea. Blackpool had a population of 142,283 as of the 2001 census.[2]

View of Blackpool Tower & the beach
View of Blackpool Tower & the beach
Official logo of Blackpool
Shown within ceremonial Lancashire
Shown within ceremonial Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°48′51″N 03°03′01″W / 53.81417°N 3.05028°W / 53.81417; -3.05028
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Admin. HQBlackpool
 • TypeBlackpool Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: 
 • MPs:Paul Maynard (C)
Gordon Marsden (L)
 • Total13.46 sq mi (34.85 km2)
 • Rank302nd
 (2005 est.)
 • Total139,200
 • RankRanked 152nd
 • Density10,000/sq mi (4,000/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EY (ONS)
E06000009 (GSS)
Ethnicity95.5% White
2.0% South Asian
0.9% Mixed
0.8% Black
0.6% Chinese
0.2% Other Asian

Blackpool became important for tourism during the 19th century. It is known for its beaches and amusement parks. It is also the home to a famous international ballroom dancing competition.


  1. ONS, Blackpool Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages) Archived 2014-08-14 at the Wayback Machine , 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-06
  2. "About the population in Blackpool". Archived from the original on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)