North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire (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.

North Lanarkshire
North Lanrikshire
Siorrachd Lannraig a Tuath

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Coordinates: 55°49′44″N 3°55′19″W
Admin HQMotherwell
  BodyNorth Lanarkshire Council
  ControlLabour minority (council NOC)
  Total181.4 sq mi (469.9 km2)
Area rankRanked 19th
 (mid-2018 est.)
  RankRanked 4th
  Density1,900/sq mi (720/km2)
ONS codeS12000044
ISO 3166 codeGB-NLK

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)


The council is made up of 21 wards,[1] as follows:

Ward Number Ward Name 2017 Population
1 Kilsyth 11,832
2 Cumbernauld North 19,670
3 Cumbernauld South 16,206
4 Cumbernauld East 16,608
5 Stepps, Chryston and Muirhead 11,623
6 Gartcosh, Glenboig and Moodiesburn 13,438
7 Coatbridge North 15,320
8 Airdrie North 20,062
9 Airdrie Central 16,570
10 Coatbridge West 14,213
11 Coatbridge South 17,286
12 Airdrie South 19,803
13 Fortissat 15,706
14 Thorniewood 13,916
15 Bellshill 15,252
16 Mossend and Holytown 12,799
17 Motherwell West 14,129
18 Motherwell North 18,667
19 Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig 20,146
20 Murdostoun 18,489
21 Wishaw 18,225
Overall Total 339,960

Small towns and villages

Political composition


Party Councillors
Labour 33
SNP 31
Conservative 8
Independent 5


  1. "2017 Wards: Boundaries, population and household numbers". North Lanarkshire Council. 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. "North Lanarkshire Council -".
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