Doncaster is a town in the English county of South Yorkshire, and the principal settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
The town is located approximately 20 miles from Sheffield and is popularly referred to by some of its residents as Donny.
The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster has frequently applied for city status but despite Doncaster's size and history, it has yet to be given the title.
Doncaster boasts a new International airport and its centre is undergoing massive regeneration including the development of an Education City campus, the largest budget education investment of its kind in the UK.
According to the 2001 census the urban sub-area of Doncaster had a population of 67,977 - together with Bentley, Armthorpe and Kirk Sandall it forms an urban area with a population of 127,851.
The wider Metropolitan Borough has a population of around 290,000.
It is the 15th largest population centre in the UK outside London and its origins lie in Roman times.
The borough flourished as a communications centre and expanded dramatically due to the coal mining industry.
Following the closure of the coal mines in the 1970s and 1980s, the town is now very much used by new tertiary industries due to its good communications links with the rest of the UK - situated as Doncaster is on the A1(M) and M18 motorways, and within 20 minutes of the key M1 and M62 motorways - and its central location.
Doncaster is also a railway town and a GNER hub, serving the East Coast Mainline.
Population: 127,851 (2001 Census) Post town: DONCASTER Postal district: DN Dialling code: 01302
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Hui Chin and I stopped over Doncaster for a couple days.
Had trouble tracking down accomodation.
Out of town contractors 'block book' hotels during the week, so we were told.
Had to 'trolley with our suitcases for kilometres, before we managed to find a grumpy old man with room for us.
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