The City of Durham has the smallest population of the local authorities considered in the present survey. The census of 1961 showed a total population of 20,514, an increase of 1,213 since 1951 (1964 estimate 23,050). The city has the local government status of a municipal borough; although some boundary exten-sion is probable as a result of the forthcoming county review, there is no prospect that the new total population will be large enough to support any application for delegated powers from the County of Durham.1 The city is, however, an administrative and judicial centre of considerable importance, containing the large new County Hall opened in 1962, and a wide variety of law courts; although the cathedral no longer dominates the life of the town as in the past, it is still of major importance to the Church in the North-East; and the University of Durham, rather stagnant before the Second World War, is now undergoing a rapid ex-pansion which will probably produce a student population of 3,500 or more by the mid-1970s.
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