TIL the country of Scotland only has 7 cities. Everything else is classified as a village or town.

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It’s 70% hills and lochs, only a small part of it is actually inhabited


Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Stirling


Yeah, the status of “City” is bestowed, and until then it’s a town. I remember as a kid (temporarily living in Runcorn back then, near Warrington) that the town of Warrington was bidding to get city status. That was back in about 2000ish. They didn’t get it. It’s incredibly rare, only for very important towns. The oft-repeated rumour was that Warrington couldn’t be a city because it lacks a Cathedral, which apparently isn’t technically the case. Before it was because a city needed to be linked with a Church of England diocese, and to be liked that way required a cathedral. But now that’s irrelevant pretty much, and supposedly has been for a century, although a cathedral does support the “importance” argument somewhat (since it implies being important for faith-based activities). I don’t really see the benefit, to be honest. Being called a city doesn’t make one, and it wouldn’t push people to move there. What matters is good governance and growth, at which point the Crown pops along and say “yeah! City now!”. Maybe it gives extra administrative powers through letters patent? Even then though, it’s unnecessary if you’re not big enough.


I’ve visited them all and they’re lovely places. I checked for the rest of the UK and it’s England – 51 Scotland – 7 Wales – 6 Northern Ireland – 5* *The last time the Queen handed out cities here the Catholics and Protestants got one each.


Cities aren’t necessarily bigger than towns either. Stirling is the smallest city with 38,000 and is the 19th largest city/town. The largest town is Paisley with 77,000 and is the 5th largest city/town