According to Wikipedia the smallest region in England is the North East at 2.6m and the largest is the South East at 8.6m. Interestingly, when compared to the size of US states this would make the North East roughly the same size as Nevada (35th largest state) and the North East close to the size of New Jersey (11th largest).

Given that America and all of its states support local, state and federal governments it is clear that all the regions of England could support a Regional Government in a similar fashion to that seen in the US.

Name Population (2013) Percent of UK Area
England – South East 8,792,600 13.72% 19,095 km²
England – Greater London 8,416,500 13.13% 1,572 km²
England – North West 7,103,300 11.08% 14,165 km²
England – East 5,954,200 9.29% 19,120 km²
England – West Midlands 5,674,700 8.85% 13,000 km²
England – South West 5,377,600 8.39% 23,829 km²
England – Yorkshire and the Humber 5,337,700 8.33% 15,420 km²
England – East Midlands 4,598,700 7.17% 15,627 km²
England – North East 2,610,500 4.07% 8,592 km²
Scotland 5,327,700 8.31% 78,772 km²
Wales 3,082,400 4.81% 20,779 km²
Northern Ireland 1,829,700 2.85% 13,843 km²

We will discuss whether or not a Regional structure would benefit the UK in future posts.