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All Englishmen have an opinion on where The North starts (and how to get there, which service stations to stop at on the way and why you shouldn’t be going in the first place).

Here at jamesgeo.com we’ve used NASA’s SEDAC population density (from 2000) to split the British Isles in half by population. By this method Norwich is in the North, Birmingham in the South and Wolverhampton and Peterborough are split down the middle.

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The line curves because the data (and my algorithm) are in WGS84, but I’ve displayed the results in OSGB36.

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