Stoke-on-Trent ( pronunciation?; aften abbreviatit tae Stoke) is a ceety in Staffordshire, Ingland, which forms a linear conurbation amaist 12 miles (19 km) lang, wi an aurie o 36 square miles (93 km2). Thegither wi the Borough o Newcastle-under-Lyme Stoke forms The Potteries Urban Aurie. This, thegither wi the rural Staffordshire Moorlands aurie, forms North Staffordshire, which in 2001, haed a population o 457,165.
The conurbation continues tae be polycentric, haein been formed bi the federation o sax oreeginally separate touns an numerous veelages in the early-20t century. The settlement frae which the federatit toun (no a ceety till 1925) teuk its name wis Stoke-upon-Trent, acause this wis whaur the admeenistration (an chief mainline railway station) wis locatit. Efter the union, Hanley emerged as the primary commercial centre in the ceety, despite the efforts o its rival, Burslem. The three ither component touns are Tunstall, Longton, an Fenton.
Stoke-on-Trent is considered tae be the hame o the pottery industry in Ingland an is commonly kent as The Potteries. Umwhile a primarily industrial conurbation, it is nou a centre for service industries an distribution centres.