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South Holland District
Non-metropolitan district
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire
Shown within the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Lincolnshire
Admin. HQ Spalding
 • Type South Holland District Council
 • Total 286.6 sq mi (742.4 km2)
Area rank 48th
 • Rank Ranked
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code 32UF (ONS)
E07000140 (GSS)
Ethnicity 98.8% White

South Holland is a local government district of Lincolnshire. The district council is based in Spalding.

It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the Spalding urban district with East Elloe Rural District and Spalding Rural District. All these were previously in the administrative county of Holland.

South Holland borders the borough of Boston to the north, The Wash and the county of Norfolk to the east, the county of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough unitary authority to the south, the Lincolnshire district of South Kesteven to the west, and the district of North Kesteven to the north-west.


There were 76,512 citizens in the district at the 2001 census. The median age is nearly 43. 82.6% of people in the district claim to be of a Christian religion - the highest proportion for any district in the East Midlands (St Helens has the highest proportion of Christians in the UK at 86.9%). The district has the lowest unemployment in Lincolnshire and average hours worked per week are the second highest for UK districts (Eden, Cumbria has the highest).

The 2011 census reports 88,270 people at 1.2 per hectare in 37,264 households.

Much of the district is low-lying and is kept free from inundation by land drainage. This is the responsibility of the South Holland Internal Drainage Board and the Environment Agency.

2016 EU Referendum

See also: Results of the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016

On Thursday 23 June 2016 South Holland voted in only the third major UK-wide referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015. South Holland produced the second biggest majority vote to "Leave the European Union" in the United Kingdom and was beaten only by neighbouring Boston with voters choosing to leave by 73.5 of the popular vote on a high turnout of 75%. The campaign to leave was partly led by local Conservative MP John Hayes who also campaigned nationally for a "Leave" vote.

The result was declared at Springfields Exhibition Centre in Spalding early on Friday 24 June 2016 by the "Counting officer" (CO) Anna Graves.

Coordinates: 52°45′N 0°09′W / 52.75°N 0.15°W / 52.75; -0.15

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