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Doncaster is a town in South Yorkshire, England and the principal settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster.
The town is about 20 miles (32 km) from Sheffield and is popularly referred to as "Donny". Doncaster has an international airport and in recent years its centre has undergone regeneration, including the development of an Education City campus. Currently, this is the largest education investment of its kind in the UK. Doncaster has also recently extended the Frenchgate Centre, a shopping centre and the transport interchange.
During the past few years, Doncaster Lakeside (home to the Doncaster Rovers) has undergone major development. With the opening of the Lakeside Village (a major retail outlet with some 45 retail shops and restaurants) the area is becoming more attractive to tourists.
According to the 2011 census, the urban sub-area of Doncaster had a population of 67,977. Together with Bentley and Armthorpe, it forms an urban area with a population of 127,851. According to the 2011 census, the estimated population of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster is 302,400.