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North Lanarkshire

North Lanrikshire
Siorrachd Lannraig a Tuath
North Lanarkshire in Scotland.svg
Coat of arms of North Lanarkshire
Coat of arms
Official logo of North Lanarkshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Lieutenancy areas Lanarkshire (Part), Dunbartonshire (Part)
Admin HQ Motherwell
 • Body North Lanarkshire Council
 • Total 181.4 sq mi (469.9 km2)
Area rank Ranked 19th
 • Total 340,180
 • Rank Ranked 4th
 • Density 1,875.00/sq mi (723.94/km2)
ONS code S12000044
ISO 3166 code GB-NLK

North Lanarkshire (Scots: North Lanrikshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig a Tuath) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland. It borders the northeast of the City of Glasgow and contains many of Glasgow's suburbs and commuter towns and villages. It also borders East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Stirling, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian. The council covers parts of the traditional counties of Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire and Stirlingshire.

The area was formed in 1996, from the districts (within Strathclyde region) of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Motherwell, and Monklands, as well as part of the Strathkelvin district (Chryston and Auchinloch), which operated between 1975 and 1996. As a new single-tier authority, North Lanarkshire became responsible for all functions previously performed by both the regional council and the district councils.

Principal towns (10,000+ in population)

Small towns and villages

Motherwell Civic Centre - - 3045184
North Lanarkshire Council Headquarters, located in Motherwell
  • Allanton
  • Annathill
  • Auchinloch
  • Banton
  • Bargeddie
  • Birkenshaw
  • Bogside
  • Bonkle
  • Calderbank
  • Caldercruix
  • Cardowan
  • Carfin
  • Carnbroe
  • Chapelhall
  • Chryston
  • Cleland
  • Croy
  • Dullatur
  • Forrestfield
  • Garrion Bridge
  • Gartcosh
  • Glenboig
  • Glenmavis
  • Greengairs
  • Hareshaw
  • Harthill
  • Holytown
  • Longriggend
  • Luggiebank
  • Millerston
  • Mollinsburn
  • Moodiesburn
  • Morningside
  • Mossend
  • Muirhead
  • Murdostoun
  • Newarthill
  • Newhouse
  • Newmains
  • New Stevenston
  • Overtown
  • Plains
  • Queenzieburn
  • Ravenscraig
  • Riggend
  • Salsburgh
  • Shotts
  • Stand
  • Stepps
  • Tannochside
  • Viewpark
  • Wattston

Geography and demographics

North Lanarkshire lies in the Central Valley of Scotland, to the east of Glasgow. It lies on the Scotland's north–south watershed with the River Clyde flowing through the west of the county on its way to the Irish Sea, and the River Almond in the east emptying into the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh. The northern areas consist of forests as well as higher areas such as the Kilsyth Hills.

The highest population density of North Lanarkshire is in the urbanised south-west, which is part of the Greater Glasgow metropolitan area. Northern and eastern areas are more rural in character, with agricultural activity such as dairy and meat farming. The largest towns in North Lanarkshire are Cumbernauld, which in 2008 had a population of 51,610, followed by Coatbridge (43,970), Airdrie (37,130) and Motherwell (32,120). Other localities include Bellshill, Bargeddie, Moodiesburn, Shotts, Viewpark and Wishaw.

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