Topics: Milton Keynes - Wikipedia
Milton Keynes ( / ˌ m ɪ l t ən ˈ k iː n z / ( listen ) mil-tən- KEENZ ), locally abbreviated to MK , is a large town [note 1] in Buckinghamshire , England. It is the administrative centre of the Borough of Milton Keynes and was formally designated as a new town on 23 January 1967,  with the design brief to become a "city" in scale. It is located about 45 miles (72 km) north-west of London.
At designation, its 89 km 2 (34 sq mi) area incorporated the existing towns of Bletchley , Wolverton , and Stony Stratford , along with another fifteen villages and farmland in between. It took its name from the existing village of Milton Keynes , a few miles east of the planned centre.
At the 2011 census , the population of the Milton Keynes urban area , including the adjacent Newport Pagnell and Woburn Sands , was 229,941,  and that of the wider borough, which has been a unitary authority independent of Buckinghamshire County Council since 1997, was 248,800,  compared with a population of around 53,000 for the same area in 1961.