Lord Mayor: Councillor George Pattison
Population: 279,100 residents.
General information and special features
Newcastle lies in the heart of north-eastern England. Along with Gateshead, the city is the local capital for a population of upwards of two million people, and plays an important part in propelling the regional financial growth, research and education, and in creating cultural assets of international significance. Newcastle is the main business and administration center of the area, and has an international airport.