City or town

Annie.ne

Member
Czech Republic - Czech
Hello,

please could you tell me the difference between town and city? My "town" has 25.000 inhabitants, is it a town or a city?

Thank you.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    There is no dividing line. Cities are bigger than towns, but many places can be called both. In some countries 'city' is an official title. For example, here in Britain, traditionally it's a city if it has a cathedral, but for the Queen's Jubilee some eight or ten towns have just been promoted to city. This doesn't change how we think of them: we can still call them town or city.
     

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    In Britain, "city" is used for a place with a city charter from the monarch, and sometimes, unofficially, for a place with a (Protestant) cathedral, although I think this latter use is now unusual (is there anyone from Rochester or Southwell who would care to respond?). It would be unusual to call anywhere else a city, whatever its size. Reading (population 348,000) is not a city.

    Very occasionally, the word "town" reflects having a charter, and there are a handful of large villages which, never having had a charter, are not towns. Near where I used to live, there were Axbridge (population 2,000), which is a town, Cheddar (population 5,800), which is a village, and Wells (population 10,500), which is a city.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Very occasionally, the word "town" reflects having a charter
    That's a royal charter detailing such things as arrangements for local government, the freedom of the residents and holding a regular market. There are actually many of them, so I wouldn't say "occasionally". I live in a town which is part of a city. The charter was granted a little over 700 years ago (1300, by Edward I)
     
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