Welcome to the Borough of Milton Keynes conveniently located midway between Birmingham and London and bounded by Bedfordshire to the north-east, Northamptonshire to the north-west and Buckinghamshire to the south and west.
The estimated population of Milton Keynes as at June 2007 was 228,400. Further information can be found in our Population Bulletin. Milton Keynes has established itself as an important regional centre. Further recognition of Milton Keynes' coming of age is the Council's successful bid to become a unitary authority, which took effect from 1 April 1997.
Milton Keynes Borough is 30, 869 hectares in size. The Borough encompasses the older towns of Bletchley, Newport Pagnell, Olney, Stony Stratford, Woburn Sands and Wolverton, together with numerous villages and, of course, the city of Milton Keynes.
The Name of Milton Keynes There are many theories about the choice of name for Milton Keynes; one popular misconception is that it derived from the names of two eminent economists, Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. In fact it took its name from the village of Milton Keynes, which lies to the east of the city centre, and was so called because of its position between two ancient local centres (Middleton) and from the Keynes family, which once owned the manor.