The District of North Kesteven is a large, diverse, rural area, stretching from the Witham in the east almost to the Trent in the west and from the sparsely populated villages to the south of Sleaford to the more densely-populated Lincoln fringe in the north.
North Kesteven is one of seven districts in Lincolnshire and covers an area of approximately 92,000 hectares (356 square miles). The District is characterised by small settlements and large areas of farmland. More than 64% of the population live in rural settlements, including villages or market towns, therefore the area has been classified as ‘mainly rural’.
There are around 100 communities in the North Kesteven District. The population of the District is 118,149 (Office for National Statistics, mid-year population estimates 2020). Major concentrations are in Sleaford, with a population of nearly 19,500; North Hykeham, with around 16,400 residents; and 11 larger villages with populations of over 5,000. Within the District, nearly a third of the population live in the “Lincoln Fringe”, the area immediately surrounding Lincoln City.