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People and communities Facts about Manchester

If you are writing a piece about Manchester here are some handy facts you might want. If you need anything else contact our press office.

Council wards

There are 32 wards with three councillors each.

Find out more about the different wards


There are 96 councillors made up of 95 Labour, and 1 Liberal Democrat.

Get details of Manchester councillors


514,417 as of 2013


Manchester, along with Salford, Stockport Tameside and Trafford (Greater Manchester South) has a Gross Value Added (GVA) of £34.8b.


Manchester annual average: 806.6mm.

UK annual average: 1,125mm.

Town Hall

Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877.

Find out more about our town hall

Scientific discoveries and world firsts

From the passenger railway to the world’s first programmable computer and on to Graphene, the atom-thin ‘wonder material’, Manchester has always lead the way for innovation and social progression.

Find out about more Manchester firsts

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